Smoking prevention programs implemented within schools are proven to reduce the number of young new smokers. According to studies found in Science Daily, the effects can prevent up to one year of smoking.
Researchers from the University of Oxford in England studied over 140,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 whom never smoked. After one year, the number of smokers from the members of the smoking prevention programs were significantly less.
Researchers that reported from Cochrane Library stated that the study found booster sessions to reinforce the lessons of the programs were not helpful, unless they focused on social skills and peer pressure resistance training. Another program that demonstrated to students to resist social pressure was not effective.
Studies such as these are important for young people so they can be exposed to programs that develop their social and life skills without the social pressure of smoking.