Seven thousand one hundred twenty-four members of the Classes of 1985 and 1986 who had participated as seventh graders in one of several smoking prevention programs were tracked and surveyed for smoking habits at 5- and 6-year follow-up: participation exceeded 90% in both cohorts. These data indicated that participants who received seventh-grade interventions based on the social influences model had similar smoking patterns compared to participants in other conditions. This finding supports the call for booster sessions after the initial seventh-grade intervention program. Future follow-up studies will assess whether the earlier benefits associated with the social influences model will translate into measurable differences in adult smoking patterns.
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This work was supported by grants from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (R01 HD12801 and N01 HD92831), National Institute on Drug Abuse (R01 DA/HD03205), and National Cancer Institute (R01 CA38275).
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Murray, D.M., Pirie, P., Luepker, R.V. et al. Five- and six-year follow-up results from four seventh-grade smoking prevention strategies. J Behav Med 12, 207–218 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00846551