Assessing the generalizability of smoking studies

Addiction. 1997 Apr;92(4):469-72.


We used data from the 1986 Adult Use of Tobacco Survey, 10 studies of self-quitters and seven studies of treatment seekers, to illustrate how subpopulations of smokers might differ; e.g. treatment seekers vs. self-quitters and research volunteers vs. smokers in the general population. Smoking researchers may wish to use our results to determine whether their sample is similar to the population of interest.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Patient Selection
  • Research
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking / therapy*
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology*