The research projects in the ASCC address 3 primary scientific objectives:
- to develop and test treatments for adolescent smokers,
- to link function in neural systems that modulate cognition and emotion in adolescent smokers, and
- To clarify the molecular mechanisms by which nicotine affects reward and cognition and assess the extent to which these effects of nicotine lead to long-term dependence.
The green chart on the right (click to enlarge) shows that in 2006, over 8 percent of 8th graders, 14 percent of 10th graders and 21 percent of 12th graders had smoked a cigarette in the past 30 days.
 For Adolescents - Cognitive-Behavioral Motivational Enhancement Therapy for Smoking Cessation Using A Six-Week Intervention. Download (PDF)  - by Steven Shoptaw, Ph.D. Keith Heinzerling, MD Aimee-Noelle Swanson, Ph.D., Edythe D London, Ph.D. Todd Zorick, MD James McCracken, MD Joan Asarnow, Ph.D.