Smoking cessation services for young people

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1394 (Published 09 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1394
  1. Gill M Grimshaw, principal research fellow1,
  2. Alan Stanton, consultant community paediatrician2
  1. 1Medical Teaching Centre, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
  2. 2Solihull Care Trust, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3EF
  1. gill.grimshaw{at}warwick.ac.uk

    Have only modest effects, but respect and encouragement may help

    In the United Kingdom, around 12% of teenagers are regular smokers and in parts of the world more than 35% of young people smoke.1 Evidence suggests that preventive measures have limited success in stemming the progress from early experimentation to addiction and on to long term regular smoking in adulthood.2

    The white paper, Smoking Kills, noted that people who start smoking at an early age are more likely than other smokers to smoke for a long period of time and more likely to die prematurely from a smoking related disease. Yet studies have shown that young people who smoke repeatedly attempt to quit,3 and around 70% of young smokers express a desire to quit shortly after taking up the habit.4 The primary aim of smoking cessation services is to help young people to quit before smoking becomes addictive, heavy, and ingrained. In the light of this, we need to know what works for young people who have …

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