The relationship between depressive symptoms and cigarette smoking in US adolescents

Addiction. 1998 Mar;93(3):433-40. doi: 10.1046/j.1360-0443.1998.93343311.x.


Aims: Data from the Teenage Attitudes and Practices Survey were analyzed to assess the relationship between depressive symptoms and cigarette smoking. DESIGNS, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS: Nationally representative sample of adolescents interviewed in 1989 and again in 1993.

Measurements: Prevalence rate and adjusted odds ratio for smoking at follow-up by depressive symptoms status at baseline.

Findings: Adolescents with depressive symptoms were more likely than other adolescents to start smoking.

Conclusions: The associations between depressive symptoms and regular smoking appears to be established by adolescence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology
  • Child
  • Cohort Studies
  • Depression / diagnosis
  • Depression / epidemiology*
  • Depression / psychology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Smoking*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / etiology*
  • United States / epidemiology