A study conducted by Brown University found that teens have similar problems as adults who have stopped smoking.
The psychological difficulties of attempting to quit smoking in adulthood are just as strong and prevalent for adolescent smokers. “Adolescents are showing – even relatively early in the dependence process – significant, strong, negative effects just after acute abstinence from smoking,” said L. Cinnamom Bidwell. Bidwell is the assistant professor in psychiarty and human behavior at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.
In the study, teens showed significant withdrawal symptoms even after one day of abstaining from smoking. The study involved 96 teens between the ages of 13 and 19. The teens were dividied into three experimental groups: nonsmokers (22), smokers who were asked to abstain from smoking for almost a day (47), and smokers who were allowed to continue smoking (27). The teens in the study have been smokers for almost two years and smoke about nine cigarettes a day.
To read the outcomes of the study, click here.