Wheeler, Darrell P.; Carter, Renita E.; Cobb, Velma L.; Louis, Betina Jean
June 2007
American Journal of Health Studies;2007, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p114
Academic Journal
African American youth begin smoking at a later age, smoke fewer cigarettes, and are less successful at quitting than their European American peers. Although exposure to youth-focused prevention interventions are helpful for all adolescents, the difficulties African American youth experience in quitting make prevention efforts especially important for this community. Increasing youth involvement in the development and evaluation of community campaigns is critical. In this article we discuss one such effort. Emphasis is given to the ways in which youth development and youth leadership are employed to strengthen engagement and assessment of a smoking prevention and cessation campaign.


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