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    Phone counseling aids in battle against teen smoking

    Date: 11.11.09 | by Judge Tom.

    Regardless of laws restricting possession and use of tobacco products by teenagers, enforcement is another matter. Parents are left to deal with the health and safety of their children when it comes to cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

    In an online report on October 12, 2009 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the results of a study indicate that teens are more likely to quit smoking if they receive telephone counseling to build their motivation and cognitive behavior skills.

    Photo by AH! Photography (Flickr)

    Over the course of a year, 2,000 juniors from Washington high schools participated in a telephone-counseling program. In a follow-up survey, 22% of the students reported they had stopped smoking for six months.

    For more about quitting, see:  “How old do I have to be to smoke?” at  http://askthejudge.info/legal-smoking-age/67/ and the resources listed therein.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • julie
      Wed, 11 Nov 2009 at 06:26

      very cool program :)