The natural history of cigarette smoking: predicting young-adult smoking outcomes from adolescent smoking patterns.

Laurie Chassin, Clark Presson, S. J. Sherman, D. A. Edwards

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

370 Scopus citations

Abstract

Assessed the magnitude of risk that adolescent cigarette smoking carries for adult smoking. Using a longitudinal, prospective design, results indicate that even infrequent experimentation in adolescence significantly raises the risk for adult smoking and that regular (at least monthly) adolescent smoking raises the risk for adult smoking by a factor of 16 compared to nonsmoking adolescents. Relative risk was also increased by an early onset of smoking and by a stable, uninterrupted course from experimentation to regular smoking. Relative risk did not significantly vary by age or sex. The continuity of smoking behavior between adolescence and adulthood supports the importance of primary prevention programs directed at adolescent populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-716
Number of pages16
JournalHealth psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The natural history of cigarette smoking: predicting young-adult smoking outcomes from adolescent smoking patterns.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this