Tobacco Research in Youth (TRY)

Did you know that:

  • Almost 90% of adult smokers started smoking as adolescents?
  • 20% of high school-aged adolescents are current smokers?
  • About 33% of youths who smoke will die prematurely from an illness caused by smoking 
  • Most adolescent smokers want to quit; 85% have thought about quitting and 55% have made attempts to quit, but the actual quit rates are about 7% when adolescents try to quit on their own and about 12% when they are provided with some assistance.

The Yale Tobacco Research in Youth (TRY) team has a 10-year history of providing innovative prevention and cessation interventions for smoking. We currently receive funds from the National Institutes of Health to continue this work, and develop and disseminate more effective school-based tobacco prevention and cessation interventions for youth.

If you are an adolescent, a school official, or a parent who is interested in any of our programs, you can find contact information and other details in the Current Programs section of this website. We provide tobacco prevention/intervention programs that can be implemented school-wide and individual cessation programs for youth.