Childhood and adolescent psychopathology and subsequent tobacco smoking in young adults: findings from an Australian birth cohort

  • 26 Sep 2012
  • Youth & Tobacco (TOPIC)
  • Western Pacific (REGION)

This study concludes that childhood and adolescent psychopathology predicts subsequent tobacco use at 14 and 21 years of age. But, but some forms of psychopathology predict increased (aggression/delinquency; attention problems) and other forms decreased (anxiety/depression) smoking. There may be some benefits in targeting children with early onset aggressive/delinquent behaviour problems with tobacco smoking prevention initiatives.