Smoking Prevention in Schools: Is it effective?

Smoking is one of the leading causes of death throughout the world

Smoking causes approximately 5 million deaths annually

By the year 2030, this number is expected to increase to 8 million deaths annually


A new review published in the University of Oxford’s The Cochrane Library shows that smoking prevention programs administered in schools helps to reduce the number of adolescents who will become smokers later on in life.

  • The number of smokers considerably declines in groups that were targeted by smoking intervention programs
  • These programs are found to be effective at least one year after implementation
  • Training based programs are more effective than information based programs or peer pressure resistance programs

Julie McLellan, one of the authors of the review, states that, “this review is important because there are no other comprehensive reviews of world literature on school-based smoking prevention programs.” Insight into this review shows that social skills training programs have been found to justly influence adolescents and help change their views toward cigarette smoking.



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