A comprehensive multi-media program to prevent smoking among black students

J Drug Educ. 1994;24(2):95-108. doi: 10.2190/6NAN-696P-HD0J-9GG9.


Much research has been done in developing and implementing smoking prevention programs; however, few studies have focused on urban Black populations. In November of 1989, a comprehensive prevention program was implemented to decrease the incidence of new smokers within the adolescent population in a Black community. The program combined a school-based curriculum with a comprehensive media intervention. All components of the program were financed by business leaders from the targeted community. There were two experimental conditions: one group participated in a school-based intervention and were prompted to participate in a multi-media intervention and the other group had access to the multi-media intervention; however, they were not prompted to participate. A key finding was that the rate of smoking decreased for all children involved in the intervention. The authors present a model that can be employed to prevent other high-risk behaviors within the Black population.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Black or African American / psychology*
  • Chicago / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Curriculum
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Juvenile Delinquency / prevention & control
  • Juvenile Delinquency / psychology
  • Juvenile Delinquency / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Mass Media*
  • Peer Group
  • Role Playing
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Social Support
  • Urban Population* / statistics & numerical data