Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Don't Overlook Infrequent Adolescent Smokers for Cessation Counseling

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Don't Overlook Infrequent Adolescent Smokers for Cessation Counseling

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AUSTIN, TEX. -- Adolescents who smoke infrequently or occasionally are prime candidates for smoking cessation counseling, Kathleen A. Kealey said in a poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

She and her colleagues at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, administered a classroom-based survey to 93% of all juniors (mean age 17 years) enrolled in 50 high schools in Washington state, and followed each survey with a phone interview to classify them as nonsmokers, infrequent smokers (defined as having smoked at least one cigarette on 14 days of the last 30 days), occasional smokers (5-19 smoking days), or regular smokers (20 or more smoking days).

Smoking and nonsmoking students in 25 schools were then randomized to telephone motivational interviewing (at least one call); students in the other 25 schools were assigned to the control arm. Nonsmokers were given reinforcement counseling, in part to avoid stigmatizing the smoking students during enrollment by singling them out among their peers. …

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