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Current Drug Abuse Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1874-4737
ISSN (Online): 1874-4745

Smoking Cessation for Adolescents: A Review of Pharmacological and Psychosocial Treatments

Author(s): Ty S. Schepis and Uma Rao

Volume 1 , Issue 2 , 2008

Page: [142 - 154] Pages: 13

DOI: 10.2174/1874473710801020142

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Unlike the vast literature on smoking cessation in adults, research in adolescents has gained significant attention only within the last decade. Even with this increase in focus, research into pharmacological aids for smoking cessation in adolescents (e.g., nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion) is a more recent phenomenon and has produced only modest results. While more extensive, much of the research on behaviorally- or psychosocially-based adolescent smoking cessation interventions has been limited by a lack of control for contact time, biochemical verification of self-reported abstinence, and/or a theoretical focus for the interventions. The MEDLINE, PubMed, PSYCInfo, EMBASE, ERIC, CINHAL, Cochrane CENTRAL and Systematic Review databases were searched for articles relevant to adolescent smoking cessation treatment. After briefly examining the adolescent smoking cessation research prior to 2000, more recent developments in pharmacological aids and psychological treatment will be reviewed. Investigations have made progress in elucidating efficacious treatments for adolescent smokers, but much work remains to be done in both pharmacological and non-pharmacological areas of treatment. With the current state of the literature as a guide, future directions for research into smoking cessation for adolescents will be proposed.

Keywords: Adolescent, smoking cessation, bupropion, behavioral treatment, nicotine replacement therapy, tobacco

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