Teenage smoking, attempts to quit, and school performance

Am J Public Health. 1998 Jun;88(6):940-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.88.6.940.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Achievement*
  • Adolescent
  • California / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Regression Analysis
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Socioeconomic Factors