Youth & Adult Smoking Research

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.

Research Areas

  • 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 

Major Findings
Research Priorities
Previous Studies
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