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  • Teens who crave excitement more likely to smoke, use multiple illicit substances

    Social work professor Kevin Tan sitting at his desk in his office on the University of Illinois campus

    Teens who crave risky experiences and unpredictable friends are more likely to smoke and use alcohol and various other substances, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign social work professor Kevin Tan found in a study of high school seniors.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s Note: To reach Kevin Tan, call 217-300-4432; email

    To reach Doug Smith, call 217-333-5308; email

    The paper “Individual, family and school correlates across patterns of high school poly-substance use” is available online or from the News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1701035