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Initiation and maintaining factors of smoking habit among 100 adult Indian male cigaretto smokers and their attitude towards smoking have been studied. The inferences drawn are the following :- Education among senior school and college going boys regarding hazards of smoking habit is very important. A large majority of boys start smoking, out of ignorance, under the influence of advertisements/friends to experience the thrills associated with this habit-none the less, an injurious one. Once a person has started smoking, he continues with the habit to get some positive feeling (like stimulation, pleasure, relaxation etc.) or for reducing a negative feeling (like anxiety/tension, craving etc.). For a successful anti-smoking campaign a study of the incriminating factors is important t o provide suitable remedial measures. A great majority of smokers consider the habit as a waste and do not relish their near and dear ones taking to it.