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This project supports work in administering Life Skills Training in Tobacco Use Prevention Programs for Youth.

Per Wendy Schwartz, the number of young people who smoke is decreasing, but one third of them still smoke regularly. The social problems in many urban areas often lead to smoking by teenagers. They believe--wrongly--that tobacco will help reduce their stress and make them look "cool" instead of insecure. Teenagers may even think that because smoking is an adult thing to do, they will actually become more mature by acquiring the habit. For females, who smoke as much as males, the desire to look confident is an important cause of smoking.

Anti-tobacco education that provides youth with information and support, and that continues over all the years of their growth, will help keep them from acquiring the smoking habit. At the same time, young people should be helped to deal with other problems that cause stress and depression: family neglect or abuse, school failure, unemployment, pregnancy and parenthood, and community crime and violence. These difficulties contribute to youth smoking as well as seriously lower the quality of the lives of young people in general.