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Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWRs)

Effectiveness of School-Based Programs as a Component of a Statewide Tobacco Control Initiative—Oregon 1999–2000

August 10, 2001 / Vol. 50 / No. 31


MMWR Introduction

The August 10, 2001, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) contains a study titled, "Efficacy of School-based Programs as a Component of a Statewide Tobacco Control Initiative—Oregon 1999-2000." This study from the state of Oregon and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that students in school districts funded to implement CDC’s school tobacco use prevention guidelines were about 20 percent less likely to smoke than students in nonfunded schools.

"This study shows that comprehensive school programs really do work to prevent teen smoking and can be an effective part of a state’s effort to prevent and reduce tobacco use," said CDC Director, Dr. Jeffrey Koplan. "Along with good, tested curricula, we need strong policies that keep our schools tobacco-free, and the involvement of parents and the whole community are an important part of the package."

 
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