Objectives: This study examined the relationship between school performance, smoking, and quitting attempts among teenagers.
Methods: A logistic regression model was used to predict the probability of being a current smoker or a former smoker. Data were derived from the 1990 California Youth Tobacco Survey.
Results: Students' school performance was a key factor in predicting smoking and quitting attempts when other sociodemographic and family income factors were controlled.
Conclusions: Developing academic or remedial classes designed to improve students' school performance may lead to a reduction in smoking rates among teenagers while simultaneously providing a human capital investment in their futures.