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Quitting Smoking Just as Hard for Teens: Study
Date:9/14/2012

ge reactions, their patterns look remarkably similar to adults," senior author Suzanne Colby, associate professor (research) in psychiatry and human behavior at the center, explained in the news release. "That is really interesting because they are smoking fewer cigarettes per day and they've just been smokers for a shorter period of time."

The study also found the teens felt cravings for cigarettes even when not "provoked" with obvious triggers such as showing them a lit cigarette.

"They came in and their craving and negative affect were already high," Colby said.

The teen smokers also had a stronger reaction to smoking-specific cues than their peers, according to the researchers, who suggested their findings could make smoking cessation programs targeting teens more effective.

The findings "point to withdrawal, urge . . . and negative affect" (mood) as possible treatment targets in teens, and suggest that future studies of teen smoking should look at these factors, the study authors concluded.

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about quitting smoking.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Brown University, news release, Sept. 12, 2012


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