Tobacco and alcohol use outcomes of a school-based intervention in New Delhi

Am J Health Behav. May-Jun 2002;26(3):173-81. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.26.3.2.


Objective: To reduce tobacco use among adolescents.

Methods: Thirty schools in New Delhi, India, were randomly assigned to 3 conditions: school-based and family-based intervention, school-based intervention only, or control group. Students were in the seventh grade at pretest (N = 4,776). The smoking intervention included posters, booklets, classroom activities, debates, and a signature campaign. The family intervention involved home activities. The survey measured tobacco knowledge, attitudes, offers, use, and intentions.

Results: Intervention students were significantly less likely than controls to have been offered, received, experimented with, or have intentions to use tobacco.

Conclusion: The project had a significant impact on tobacco use.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Behavior
  • Family Health
  • Female
  • Health Education / organization & administration*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Program Evaluation
  • School Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Prevention*