School Programs Show Success in Cutting Number of Smokers

SmokersA look over some past research has suggested that some school-based programs, which are aimed at keeping children at bay from cigarettes, work.

It has been found with the analysis of a hundred "gold standard" studies that certain programs had played a significant role in bringing the number of would-be-smokers down. The programs teach children about life skills as well as self esteem.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Oxford, UK. Several academic databases were searched for studies, which assigned students to partake in a prevention program or either not partake.

The children were of age 5 to 18 years and were tracked by the team for a period of six months. The team said that however, 30% of population was expected to smoke; the figure was likely to remain at 27% with the programs.

Published in the Cochrane Library, the study was important since tobacco education is included by many schools in their lessons, but only some are tested.

"It does say there is a productive science here of how to prevent cigarette smoking and probably other substances as well. We have to pursue that science", said Claremont Graduate University's dean of the School of Community and Global Health, Johnson.