Tobacco use and quit behaviors among delinquent youth: a pilot study. Academic Article uri icon


  • With rates of adolescent tobacco use steadily increasing over the past 20 years, assisting youth to quit, particularly those youth most susceptible to tobacco use, has become a national focus. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine and profile the smoking patterns of a small sample (n = 37) of juvenile offenders in Texas. In contrast to anecdotal reports, the sample group from this study did not differ clinically from the general population of adolescent tobacco users. Importantly, the study participants indicated previous attempts to stop smoking. The authors conclude that delinquent youth may be responsive to cognitive behavioral smoking cessation programs that also address the management of peer networks.

published proceedings

  • J Drug Educ

author list (cited authors)

  • Smith, D. W., Colwell, B., Zhang, J. J., McPherson, R., Stevens, S., McMillan, C., & Robinson, J.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Smith, Dennis W||Colwell, Brian||Zhang, James J||McPherson, Robert||Stevens, Stacey||McMillan, Catherine||Robinson, James

publication date

  • December 2002