Smoking research: basic research, intervention, prevention, and new trends

Health Psychol. 1989;8(6):705-21.


Smoking is a behavior that is influenced by a variety of factors that cut across methodologies, disciplines, and content areas within health psychology. The present article is designed to show the diversity and richness of smoking research by examining smoking from four perspective: basic laboratory research, intervention, prevention and deterrence, and new directions in smoking research. Methodologies that were derived from such varied sources as psychopharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, behavior therapy, clinical psychology, public health and health promotion, and social and developmental psychology have been used to study the smoking problem. The subject populations in these investigations ranged from animal models, to the individual smoker attempting to quit, to communities involved in health promotion and public health approaches. Future research should seek to provide new and improved examples of interdisciplinary research within the field of health psychology to multidisciplinary approaches from the basic and applied sciences.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Research
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder* / epidemiology
  • Tobacco Use Disorder* / genetics
  • Tobacco Use Disorder* / prevention & control
  • Tobacco Use Disorder* / therapy
  • United States / epidemiology