Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Public Health (Dr.PH.)

Degree Granting Department

Community and Family Health

Major Professor

Oliver T. Massey, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Julie Baldwin, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Patricia Emmanuel, M.D.

Committee Member

Julianne Serovich, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Dinorah Martinez Tyson, Ph.D.


HIV/AIDS, youth, adolescents, young adults, tobacco, smoking, cessation, computers


Smoking amongst youth living with HIV (YLWH) has major public health implications. When combined with the complications associated with smoking such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) or heart disease, the impact of a HIV positive diagnosis increases morbidity exponentially (Nahvi & Cooperman, 2009). The purpose of this study was two-fold, to investigate the perceptions of smoking amongst YLWH aged 18-25 who received care at the CMS Clinic located at the University of South Florida and to determine factors related to cessation. A study design utilizing two components, a systematic literature review and primary qualitative data was used in this dissertation. The systematic literature review was used to identify and examine published research studies that compared smoking cessation interventions for youth and young adults. Twenty-five in depth interviews were conducted in order to determine themes related to smoking cessation and the factors associated with the experience of smoking.