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Am J Public Health. 2006 May;96(5):804-7. Epub 2006 Mar 29.

Exposure to the World Trade Center attack and the use of cigarettes and alcohol among New York City public high-school students.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University-NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 43, New York, NY 10032, USA. pw11@columbia.edu

Abstract

We examined exposure to the World Trade Center attack and changes in cigarette smoking and drinking among 2731 New York City public high-school students evaluated 6 months after the attack. Increased drinking was associated with direct exposure to the World Trade Center attack (P < .05). Increased smoking was not directly associated with exposure to the World Trade Center attack but was marginally significantly associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (P= .06). Our findings suggest that targeted substance-use interventions for youths may be warranted after large-scale disasters.

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