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Webinar: Family-based programmes for preventing smoking by children and adolescents: What’s the Evidence

June 11, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Date and time: Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:00 pm
Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
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Panelist(s) Info:
Roger Thomas, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary
Duration: 1 hour
Health Evidence will be hosting a 60 minute webinar examining whether family interventions can influence children and adolescents not to smoke.

Roger Thomas, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, will be leading the session, and will present findings from his latest Cochrane review:

Thomas, R.E., Baker, P.R.A., Thomas, B.C., & Lorenzetti, D. (2015). Family-based programmes for preventing smoking by children and adolescentsCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,2015(2), Art. No.: CD004493.

Preventing children from starting to smoke is important to avoid a lifetime of addiction, poor health, and social and economic consequences. Family members influence whether children and adolescents smoke. This review includes 27 trials (23 in US, one each in Australia, India, the Netherlands, and Norway). There is moderate quality evidence that family-based interventions can prevent children and adolescents from starting to smoke. Intensive programs may be more likely to be successful than those of lower intensity. There is also evidence to suggest that adding a family-based component to a school intervention may be effective.