Treatment of Tobacco Use Disorder and Mood Disorders in Adolescents

Daniel R. Witt, Christi A. Patten

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Purpose of Review: To update the literature on treatment of tobacco use in the context of comorbid mood disorders among adolescents, focusing on the last 5 years (2013–2017). We review tobacco use prevalence, the association between adolescent tobacco use and mood disorders, and interventions for adolescent tobacco users and those with concurrent mood disorders. Recent Findings: Advances were made in behavioral treatments for adolescent tobacco users, but minimal research focused on innovative approaches such as social media, family-based approaches or alternative therapies. There is a dearth of research on adolescents with comorbid mood disorders. Few studies targeted diverse populations. Minimal research was conducted within this patient cohort using nicotine/tobacco products other than cigarette smoking. Research has not been done to clarify the role of depression/mood severity on treatment outcomes. Summary: Current gaps in the tobacco treatment science for adolescents with mood disorders are highlighted and directions for future research offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-358
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Addiction Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Adolescent
  • Depression
  • Intervention
  • Mood disorder
  • Nicotine
  • Smoking
  • Tobacco
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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