Preventing cigarette use in a bi-ethnic population: Results of the Memphis Smoking Prevention Program


Previous research has shown that smoking prevention programs significantly reduce rates of adolescent smoking. However, most such programs have been evaluated using primarily Caucasian samples. As a result, little is known about the efficacy of existing curricula with African American youth. Further, few attempts have been made to modify prevention programs for African American students. Thus, these programs may be less relevant for African American children than Caucasian youngsters. To address these issues, we have developed a smoking prevention program specifically for an ethnically diverse population. This curriculum, known as the Memphis Smoking Prevention Program, was submitted to a large-scale randomized pilot evaluation. In this report, we summarize the effects of the program on smoking-related knowledge, attitudes, and behavioral expectations.

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Cognitive and Behavioral Practice