Objectives: To describe smoking and quitting history among multiethnic adolescent smokers and examine these as correlates of readiness to quit. Methods: Data were analyzed from 121 high school smokers. Sociodemographic characteristics, self-reported smoking history, number
and duration of recent quit attempts, attitudes toward smoking/quitting, and readiness to quit were included. Results: Smoking and quitting history variables were associated with adolescents' stage of readiness to quit. A reasonably consistent pattern emerged in which those in the preparation
stage were significantly different from the precontemplators and contemplators. Conclusions: Results are discussed in terms of interventions matched to individuals' readiness to quit.
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