Why youth don't quit: Finding answers to design effective smoking cessation programs

Although youth smoking rates have declined slightly since 1997, over one-third of 12th graders, 28 percent of college students, and 39 percent of young adults not attending college report regular tobacco use. Almost 60 percent of young smokers try to quit each year, but fewer than 20 percent succeed for as long as one month. Treatment programs developed for adults have proven unappealing and ineffective for youth. This grant supports a longitudinal survey and 24-month, follow-up of youth quitting motives, barriers, and practices, and factors that distinguish successful and unsuccessful quit attempts. This project will be considered successful if it provides critically needed insights into the unique quitting dynamics of young smokers, paving the way to more effective interventions. The project was originally awarded to Health Research Incorporated under the direction of Gary Giovino, Ph.D., M.S., a professor at the institution. This grant is now being transferred to the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, where Dr. Giovino has accepted a new position.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $176,780.00

Awarded on: 6/26/2007

Time frame: 7/1/2007 - 12/31/2008

Grant Number: 62174


Research Foundation for State University of New York

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Gary A. Giovino
Project Director