To learn more about teens' attitudes and practices about smoking and non-smoking
To learn how teenschange in their smoking attitudes and practices as they become young adults.
To develop and test interventions for smoking prevention and smoking cessation, and find out to what extent they can help teens avoid and/or quit smoking.
Teens are at risk for taking up smoking.
Smoking kills. Approximately 438,000 Americans die from smoking related illnesses each year.
Smoking causes lung cancer. Cigarette smoking alone is directly responsible for approximately 30% of all cancer deaths annually in the United States, and 87% of lung cancer deaths. Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer, killing more people than breast, colon, and prostate cancer combined.
Cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States.
Avoiding tobacco use is the single most important step Americans can take to reduce the cancer burden in this country.
Youth: predictors of smoking acquisition, and ways to help youth avoid smoking