Identification of adolescent tobacco users in a pediatric practice

Journal Name: 
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med
Authors: 
Benuck,I.
Gidding,S.S.
Binns,H.J.
Abstract: 
CONTEXT: Though prevention of adolescent tobacco use is a major public health goal, there is little information on the ability of pediatricians to identify adolescents experimenting with tobacco and regular tobacco users. OBJECTIVES: To pilot use of a short questionnaire and analysis of urinary cotinine level to identify adolescent smokers in a pediatric practice, and to determine characteristics of tobacco users. SETTING: Suburban pediatric practice. METHOD: Consecutive high school students completed a short questionnaire and urine cotinine assessment. Three groups were defined: smokers (urine cotinine level >100 ng/mL), experimenters (smoked within the last year; urine continine level
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2001
Volume: 
155
Pages: 
32-35
Keywords: 
2300, Adolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Adolescent Psychology, adverse effects, Age Factors, analysis, Attitude to Health, Chicago, Cotinine, effects, Family, Female, Health, Health Knowledge,Attitudes,Practice, Human, information, Interpersonal Relations, Logistic Models, Male, Mass Screening, Methods, older, Pediatrics, Peer Group, Pilot Projects, PPRG, primary care, psychology, Public Health, Questionnaires, regression, Risk, Risk Factors, Sensitivity and Specificity, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Standards, Students, Support,Non-U.S.Gov't, urine