Empowering youth for tobacco control

Am J Health Promot. Sep-Oct 2005;20(1):7-10. doi: 10.4278/0890-1171-20.1.7.


Purpose: To investigate common youth group activities and how they relate to young people's attitudes of empowerment around tobacco control.

Design: A mailed survey was administered to 940 Minnesota youth involved in locally organized tobacco prevention groups. By multivariate linear regression, participation in eight tobacco-related activities and selected personal characteristics were examined in relation to youths'perceived influence on youth smoking.

Results: Two activities--developing materials with antismoking messages and taking action to change school smoking policies--were associated with significantly higher perceived influence scores for the youth involved (p < .05). Youth in groups who had worked to raise awareness of how the tobacco industry targets teens also had significantly higher influence scores (p < .001). Associated personal factors included high involvement in extracurricular activities (p < .001), having never experimented with smoking (p < .01), leadership experience (p < .001), and being white (p < .01).

Discussion: Some youth group activities and strategies may be particularly effective at instilling attitudes of empowerment for tobacco control among youth.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Adolescent Health Services*
  • Age Factors
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Minnesota
  • Power, Psychological
  • Program Development*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / prevention & control*