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Am J Public Health. 2009 May;99(5):899-906. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.145433. Epub 2009 Mar 19.

Preventing tobacco use among young people in India: Project MYTRI.

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University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus, 313 E 12th St, Suite 220, Austin, TX 78701, USA. cheryl.l.perry@uth.tmc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We assessed the effectiveness of a 2-year multicomponent, school-based intervention designed to reduce tobacco use rates among adolescents in an urban area of India.

METHODS:

Students from 32 schools in Delhi and Chennai, India, were recruited and randomly assigned to an intervention or control group. Baseline, intermediate, and outcome data were collected from 2 cohorts of 6th- and 8th-grade students in 2004; 14,063 students took part in the study and completed a survey in 2004, 2005, or 2006. The intervention consisted of behavioral classroom curricula, school posters, a parental involvement component, and peer-led activism. The main outcome measures were self-reported use of cigarettes, bidis (small hand-rolled, often flavored, cigarettes), and chewing tobacco and future intentions to smoke or use chewing tobacco.

RESULTS:

Findings showed that students in the intervention group were significantly less likely than were students in the control group to exhibit increases in cigarette smoking or bidi smoking over the 2-year study period. They were also less likely to intend to smoke or chew tobacco in the future.

CONCLUSIONS:

School-based programs similar to the intervention examined here should be considered as part of a multistrategy approach to reducing tobacco use among young people in India.

PMID:
19299670
PMCID:
PMC2667859
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2008.145433
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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