Childhood Trauma History and Smoking Behavior
In the last couple of decades, the role of childhood maltreatment is more often considered among health professionals and researchers. Studies have shown that adversity in childhood is related to many public health concerns, including adolescent and adult smoking. To be sure, this information is important to keep in mind as we work to provide the best treatment for people who use tobacco.
In one study, researchers examined the relationship between childhood maltreatment and smoking initiation and persistence. They followed individuals over a ten year period, and found that having a history of childhood emotional and p
hysical maltreatment was associated with increased odds of ever smoking, smoking daily and smoking persistently over time. These results suggest that a history of trauma may play a significant role in recalcitrant smoking. They further indicate that, where appropriate, quit success may be boosted by addressing trauma as part of tobacco treatment.
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Taha F, Galea S, Hien D,
Childhood maltreatment and the persistence of smoking: a longitudinal study among adults in the US.
Child Abuse Negl