The impact on tobacco use of branded youth anti-tobacco activities and family communications about tobacco

Judith Gordon, Anthony Biglan, Keith Smolkowski

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In a randomized controlled trial, we evaluated the effect on tobacco use onset among middle school students of Family Communications (FC) activities designed to mobilize parental influences against tobacco use and Youth Anti-tobacco Activities (YAT) designed to market anti-tobacco norms to adolescents. We conducted a simple, two-condition experimental design in which 40 middle schools, with a prevalence of tobacco use at or above the Oregon median, received, by random assignment, either the intervention or no intervention. State, county, and local prevention coordinators around Oregon served as liaisons to schools. To generate interest, staff made presentations to these groups and distributed marketing packets at several conferences. Dependent variables were indices of smoking prevalence and use of smokeless tobacco (ST) in the prior month. Additionally, we created an intervention manual so that other communities could replicate this study. The findings suggest that efforts to influence parents to discourage their children's tobacco use and efforts to market an anti-tobacco perspective to teens are effective in preventing smoking. The impact of YAT is consistent with experimental and nonexperimental evaluations of media campaigns to influence young people not to smoke.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-87
Number of pages15
JournalPrevention Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Adolescents
  • Family communications
  • Outcomes assessment
  • Prevention
  • Tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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