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Tob Control 12:i25-i34 doi:10.1136/tc.12.suppl_1.i25
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Teen smoking cessation

  1. R Mermelstein
  1. Correspondence to:
 Robin Mermelstein, PhD, Deputy Director, Health Research and Policy Centers, 850 W Jackson Blvd, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60607, USA; 
 robinm{at}uic.edu

    Abstract

    Interest in adolescent smoking cessation has increased dramatically over the past several years, as researchers and practitioners have acknowledged the high rates of adolescents who smoke regularly and the low probability that adolescents who are regular smokers will stop on their own. The evidence base behind smoking cessation interventions for adolescents is also now starting to grow, but unfortunately the studies to date have frequently been plagued by major methodological problems. This paper summarises research conducted on adolescent smoking cessation, notes some of the methodological limitations of prior work, highlights approaches that show promise, discusses some of the challenges involved in addressing adolescent smoking cessation, and makes recommendations for future work.

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