Youth Prevention

Studies Review Smoking Among College Freshmen And Tobacco Use By Adolescents With ADHD
The journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research has released a supplemental issue with findings on a variety of smoking-related issues.  One study looked at the time-related variations in smoking habits of college freshmen, while another study found an elevated smoking prevalence among adolescents with ADHD, possibly because of the “normalizing” effects on their ADHD from nicotine.  Other studies looked at ethnic disparities, smoking onset, cessation ability, and trends in “light” cigarette, waterpipe, and smokeless tobacco use.  Read a summary of key articles here.

Grassroots Enterprise launches 'I am Smoke- Free' application built on Facebook(R) platform to enable easier activism on behalf of The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
 
There is a new anti-smoking tool available to users of the social networking site Facebook.  The application, called, “I am Smoke-Free,” was launched by Grassroots Enterprise (GRE) and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. “I am Smoke-Free” helps Facebook users who opt in to learn about anti-smoking policies in their state, contact lawmakers, and recruit others to participate in anti-tobacco activism. Read more about it here.

Schools alter smoking policy
Students in Baltimore who are caught using tobacco at school will now be offered cessation classes instead of school suspension.  This policy is similar to one already in place that potentially offers programs to help students quit alcohol and other drugs after being caught.  Rather than just receiving punishment, students will learn how to improve their health by quitting smoking. Click here for more information on the new school policy.

Penn Researchers Find That Participation in Organized High School Activities Lowers Risk of Smoking Three Years After Graduation
A recent study linked adolescents’ feelings of “physical competence,” a result of participating in team sports at school, to an 18% decrease in future smoking, with lasting effects three years later.  Participation in school sports also reduces teens’ exposure to peers who smoke.  Since smoking often begins during adolescence, these teens’ healthier athletic environments may protect them from starting to smoke through this critical period.  Read the full article here.

2007 data from in-school surveys of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students
A report from Monitoring the Future (MTF) on data collected from 8th, 10th, and 12th graders at 400 schools nationwide shows a decrease in smoking rates and smokeless tobacco use among the 8th graders, while tobacco use and attitudes among older students remains steady.  MTF measured smoking, drinking, and illicit drug use.  Smoking data was collected on whether students had tried cigarettes, had smoked in the past 30 days, whether they smoked daily, availability of cigarettes, and on attitudes toward smoking.  The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids views the study’s results as a call to action to end the stagnation in teen smoking rates observed over the past few years.  To see the statistics and a review of the findings, click here, and click here to read comments from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.  Further information is available here from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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