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WashU: How to Engage Youth in Tobacco Control

Youth engagement is a key element of tobacco-control strategy, and an updated user guide from the Center for Public Health Systems Science at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis, offers evidence-based ways to make it happen.

The new Best Practices User Guide: Youth Engagement in Tobacco Prevention and Control was recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Office on Smoking and Health, which funded the effort.

The tobacco control landscape has dramatically changed since the publication of the CDC’s first Youth Engagement user guide in 2010. New tobacco products have shifted patterns of youth tobacco use, new media platforms have changed how youth communicate, and innovative new strategies have emerged to reduce tobacco use.

“Because preventing young people from starting to use tobacco is so important to long-term tobacco control, engaging them is more critical now than ever,” said Dr. Douglas A. Luke, Director of the Center and professor at the Brown School.

The guide can help state and local tobacco control program staff and partners:

The online version of the guide is on CDC’s website.  It was written by a Center team led by project coordinator Ms. Stephanie Andersen, in conjunction with the CDC.  It is one of eight Best Practices Guides the Center has produced over the past 11 years.  These guides translate evidence-based tobacco control science and are designed to support community and state-level tobacco control efforts.

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