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Adolescent Smoking Cessation: Implications for Relapse-Sensitive Interventions

Won S. Choi, PhD; Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, MS; Niaman Nazir, MBBS, MPH
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(6):625-626. doi:10.1001/archpedi.156.6.625.
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Nicotine addiction develops in the first years of tobacco use.1 Despite health education efforts to prevent adolescents from experimenting with tobacco, more than 3000 youth become regular smokers each day.2 A recent study showed that half of all adolescents who become addicted to cigarettes will smoke for at least 20 years before they quit.3 Many adolescents who smoke regularly want to quit and between 55% to 65% of adolescent smokers report having tried to quit.4 The need to develop successful tobacco cessation interventions for adolescents is clear. However, few adolescent cessation programs have been developed, let alone adequately evaluated.5

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Smoking relapse curve for adolescents and adults. Data are taken from the Teenage Attitudes and Practices Survey6 and the California Tobacco Survey.7

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