Ever wonder if it really helps when schools require an assembly for kids to sit through a smoking prevention program? The answer is yes, it makes a big difference.
A report is in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It says a review of over 100 studies in 25 countries, youth smoking was significantly lower when kids were exposed to a smoking intervention program than those who did not attend the school assemblies.
The most successful programs helped kids develop social skills and taught them how to resist the peer pressure to smoke.
Researchers found that periodic reminder sessions didn't make much difference because it was the original curriculum that had the most impact.
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