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Tobacco and Alcohol Use Outcomes of a School-based Intervention in New Delhi

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Objective: To reduce tobacco use among adolescents. Methods: Thirty schools in New Delhi, India, were randomly assigned to 3 conditions: school-based and family-based intervention, school-based intervention only, or control group. Students were in the seventh grade at pretest (N=4,776). The smoking intervention included posters, booklets, classroom activities, debates, and a signature campaign. The family intervention involved home activities. The survey measured tobacco knowledge, attitudes, offers, use, and intentions. Results: Intervention students were significantly less likely than controls to have been offered, received, experimented with, or have intentions to use tobacco. Conclusion: The project had a significant impact on tobacco use.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India. 2: Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Publication date: May 1, 2002

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