Teen Smoking Rates Down, Thanks to Botvin LifeSkills Training Program

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There are fewer Norwood City, OH, students smoking, according to the results of a Coalition for a Drug Free Cincinnati PRIDE survey. The survey, which focuses on existing conditions within schools and communities in the greater Cincinnati area, shows a 25.9% decrease over the last six years in the number of Norwood City 8th graders who smoke. In a continuing effort to keep students safe and healthy, the Norwood Health Department worked in conjunction with Norwood City Schools to implement the Botvin LifeSkills Training program.

It works! Our students really benefit from the program! Smoking overall among our students decreased drastically between 2001 and 2007

There are fewer Norwood City, OH, students smoking, according to the results of a Coalition for a Drug Free Cincinnati PRIDE survey. The survey, which focuses on existing conditions within schools and communities in the greater Cincinnati area, shows a 25.9% decrease over the last six years in the number of Norwood City 8th graders who smoke.

In a continuing effort to keep students safe and healthy, the Norwood Health Department worked in conjunction with Norwood City Schools to implement the Botvin LifeSkills Training program. "It works! Our students really benefit from the program! Smoking overall among our students decreased drastically between 2001 and 2007," said Deb Robison, Family and Children First Coordinator for the Norwood City Schools.

In addition to reducing the risk of tobacco use, the Botvin LifeSkills Training program promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to teach students how to resist peer pressure, develop greater self-esteem, and cope with anxiety. Throughout the program, students learn skills such as decision-making, assertiveness, and effective communication to help them make healthy choices and avoid risks.

Botvin LifeSkills Training is an effective and well-respected evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 25 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. The program was developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Cornell University's Weill Medical College and director of Cornell's Institute for Prevention Research. LifeSkills Training has been cited for excellence by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Studies testing its effectiveness have found that the Botvin LifeSkills Training program can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 87 percent.

For additional information, contact Paulina Kalaj at 914-220-9431 or visit http://www.lifeskillstraining.com.

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