Programs in Iowa and Norway were among those identified by researchers as successful, family oriented anti-smoking interventions, HealthDay News reported Jan. 24.
Canadian researchers reviewed 14 past studies and cited a number of programs that succeeded in preventing youth smoking, including an Iowa program that urged parents to set tough rules about tobacco use and a Norwegian program that took an opposite approach — telling kids they had the right to choose whether or not to smoke.
Both brief interventions and longer-term programs were cited. Researchers said the programs that targeted children before they reached middle school were the most successful.
The study appears in The Cochrane Library. Reference: Thomas RE, Baker P, Lorenzetti D. (2007) Family-based programmes for preventing smoking by children and adolescents. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2007, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD004493.