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Tobacco Smoking Among High School Students in Romagna (Italy) and Evaluation of a Prevention Campaign

NCJ Number
Substance Use and Misuse Volume: 35 Issue: 9 Dated: July 2000 Pages: 1277-1295
Anna Bergamaschi Ph.D.; Angelo Gambi Ph.D.; Franca Gentilini Ph.D.; Claudia Monti Ph.D.; Serena Stampi Ph.D.; Franca Zanetti Ph.D.
Date Published
July 2000
Data from 2,691 students who were 16 years old and in their second year of high school in Romagna in northern Italy formed the basis of an analysis of their smoking habits and the impacts of a previous health education campaign.
The randomly selected participants represented 74 percent of the school population of this age; 32.1 percent had taken part in a smoking prevention campaign called Leave Us Clean while attending middle school. The campaign was adapted from the Waterloo Smoking Prevention Program described by flay and colleagues in 1985. Of the students who had taken part in the campaign, 19.1 percent were smokers, compared to 23.2 percent of those who had not. The type of school and the role models provided by parents, siblings, friends, and teachers influenced the students’ smoking habits. Findings indicated that the campaign appeared to have good results, especially in places where it took place on a side school. Findings also suggested ways to make such campaigns more efficient. Tables, appended instrument, author biographies, and 22 references (Author abstract modified)