Youth & Adult Smoking Research

Research Priorities

The Hutchinson Study of Youth & Adult Smoking is a follow-up of the Hutchinson Study of High School Smoking.

Adolescent Smoking Cessation (Intervention) Research
The Hutchinson Study of High School Smoking (2000-2009), aka, Proactive Smoking Cessation for Adolescents, an ongoing group randomized trial in adolescent smoking cessation being conducted in collaboration with 50 Washington high schools, is evaluating the effectiveness of an individually tailored telephone counseling intervention that incorporates both Motivational Interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy. Major Findings.

Youth Smoking Prevention (Intervention) Research
The Hutchinson Smoking Prevention Project (1984-2000) was a landmark group randomized trial in youth smoking prevention, conducted by Fred Hutch in collaboration with 40 Washington school districts and involving more than 8,300 students. The Hutchinson Smoking Prevention Project determined that, consistent with previous long-term studies, implementation in the schools of a grades 3-10 social influences intervention was no more effective than existing school health curricula in preventing smoking onset among adolescents. The rigor of the Hutchinson Smoking Prevention Project (HSPP) trial suggested high credence for the intervention impact results. Major Findings.

Youth Smoking Acquisition
Two subsequent studies, Parent Protective Factors on Youth Smoking (1999-2002) and Role of Social Environments on Youth Smoking (2003-2008), made use of the well-followed HSPP cohort to investigate the extent to which various child social environments can influence child smoking acquisition. Using a novel statistical model for epidemic transmission of smoking, these studies have produced new and insightful findings with respect to the roles of parents', siblings', friends', and classmates' smoking on the predictive risk of child/adolescent subsequent acquisition of smoking. Major Findings.

Investigation of Young Adult Smoking Acquisition and Cessation
The Tobacco and Life Events Study (2004-2009) provides for 20-year follow-up of the HSPP cohort to age 28. This study is investigating risk factors for smoking acquisition and cessation during the important and understudied life period of young adulthood.