Advancing the science of adolescent tobacco use cessation

Am J Health Behav. May-Jun 2001;25(3):183-90. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.25.3.4.


Objective: To examine how science is advancing in order to address adolescent tobacco use cessation.

Methods: Review of the published scientific literature from 1995 to September 2000 and National Cancer Institute youth tobacco cessation research portfolio.

Results: Because of methodological limitations, results of behavioral interventions are inconclusive. Two studies have been published evaluating the nicotine patch for adolescent smoking cessation, though neither employed a randomized, placebo-control design. Both of these studies found the nicotine patch to be ineffective.

Conclusions: Although much is known about youth tobacco use, additional research is needed to find answers to best help youth to quit smoking.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / ethnology
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior* / ethnology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Science
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Cessation / methods
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Socioeconomic Factors