Having between six to 20 cigarettes a day is a social habit, almost a quarter of smokers believe, according to a new survey.
A survey of 2,000 smokers found that 24% class themselves as social smokers but more than one in three of these buy up to a packet a day.
Catherine Cox, primary care manager at The Co-operative Pharmacy, which conducted the poll, said: "Many smokers are convincing themselves they are consuming less tobacco than they actually are by classing their habit as a 'social' one."
"People see it as more acceptable to be a social smoker than admitting they regularly light up each day, even though our research shows that this is the case," she added.
More top news
Armed police have carried out a raid apparently linked to Wednesday's deadly terror attack in Westminster.
Cheryl Grimmer vanished from inside a beach shower block in Wollongong, Australia, in 1970, when she was just three.
Pc Keith Palmer was on the front line and because of his actions, the Westminster attacker was unable to kill anyone else.