Youth & Adult Smoking Research
PI: Arthur V. Peterson, Jr., PhD
- To learn more about teens' attitudes and practices about smoking and non-smoking
- To learn how teens change 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
- Youth: ways to help teen smokers to quit
- Young adults: predictors of smoking
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