School-based tobacco use prevention and cessation: where are we going?

Am J Health Behav. May-Jun 2001;25(3):191-9. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.25.3.5.


Objective: To discuss the past, present, and future directions of school-based tobacco use prevention and cessation research.

Methods: Discuss the origins of tobacco use prevention research; how prevention research advanced with empirical etiologic work; the genesis of comprehensive social influences programming and its contents; multiple modalities of programming beyond the school setting; and the rebirth of teen cessation programming and the issue of dissemination.

Results: There are many avenues of teen tobacco use prevention and cessation research and practice that need continued exploration, particularly regarding effects mediation and teen cessation.

Conclusions: This discussion provides a background to assist health behavior researchers and practitioners to move forward in this arena.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • School Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Social Change
  • United States