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The Pediatric Forum
June 2002

Adolescent Smoking Cessation: Implications for Relapse-Sensitive Interventions

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(6):625-626. doi:10.1001/archpedi.156.6.625

Nicotine addiction develops in the first years of tobacco use.1 Despite health education efforts to prevent adolescents from experimenting with tobacco, more than 3000 youth become regular smokers each day.2 A recent study showed that half of all adolescents who become addicted to cigarettes will smoke for at least 20 years before they quit.3 Many adolescents who smoke regularly want to quit and between 55% to 65% of adolescent smokers report having tried to quit.4 The need to develop successful tobacco cessation interventions for adolescents is clear. However, few adolescent cessation programs have been developed, let alone adequately evaluated.5

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