Educational or Curriculum

Initiative Description: A multicultural smoking prevention curriculum in ethnically diverse Southern California middle schools consisting of eight classroom activities conducted by a trained health educator. The scenarios and activities depicted are culturally relevant, including activities about a girl’s quinceanera (15th birthday party) and tai chi as a stress reduction technique.

Study Results: Hispanic cultural norms and values might be emphasized less in predominantly Asian/multicultural schools, so the message that smoking is incompatible with Hispanic cultural values may have been less relevant in a less Hispanic context.

Reference: Johnson, C., Unger, J., Rittolson, A., Palmer, P., Cen, S., Gallaher, P., & Chou, C. (2005). Smoking prevention for ethnically diverse adolescents: 2-year outcomes of a multicultural, school-based smoking prevention curriculum in Southern California. Preventive Medicine, 40(6), 842–852.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good