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Young people respond to smoking cessation interventions that are designed for adults.

Preventing teenagers from taking up smoking is very difficult and there is limited evidence of a permanent impact of primary prevention programs with children (Hill, 1999; Reid et al., 1992, 1995; Levy et al., 2000).One review paper cites evidence that adult cessation campaigns are more effective with teenagers than campaigns with a specific focus on teenagers (Hill, 1999). There is also evidence  that parents who stop smoking will reduce the likelihood of their children taking up smoking (Farkas et al., 1999; Chassin et al., 2002, Bricker et al., 2003, 2005).

Bricker JB, Leroux BG, Peterson AV Jr, Kealey KA, Sarason IG, Andersen MR, Marek PM. Nine-year prospective relationship between parental smoking cessation and children's daily smoking. Addiction. 2003; 98(5): 585-593.

Bricker JB, Rajan KB, Andersen MR, Peterson AV Jr. Does parental smoking cessation encourage their young adult children to quit smoking? A prospective study. Addiction. 2005; 100(3): 379-386.

Chassin L, Presson C, Rose J, Sherman SJ, Prost J. Parental smoking cessation and adolescent smoking. J Pediatr Psychol. 2002;  27(6): 485-496.

Farkas J, Distefan JM, Choi WS, Gilpin EA, Pierce JP. Does parental smoking cessation discourage adolescent smoking? Prev Med. 1999; 28: 213-218.

Hill D. Why we should tackle adult smoking first. Tob Control. 1999; 8: 333-335.

Levy D, Cummings KM, Hyland A. A simulation of the effects of youth initiation policies on overall cigarette usage. Am J Public Health. 2000; 90: 1311-1314.

Reid DJ, Killoran AJ, McNeill AD, Chambers JS. Choosing the most effective health promotion options for reducing a nation's smoking prevalence. Tob Control. 1992; 1: 185-197.

Reid DJ, McNeill AD, Glynn TJ. Reducing the prevalence of smoking in youth in Western countries: an international review. Tob Control. 1995; 4: 266-277. logo
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