Kids ACT! Leads to Activism on Tobacco Control by Kids in Grades Six Through Eight

Between May 2001 and June 2005, RWJF supported project staff led by Caroline H. Sparks, PhD, at the Prevention Research Center of the School of Public Health and Health Services at the George Washington University to evaluate Kids ACT!, a tobacco control advocacy curriculum for students in grades six through eight.

The evaluation sought to determine the curriculum's effect on students' ability to act as tobacco control advocates in their communities.

Key Findings

  • Students in schools that adopted the tobacco advocacy curriculum had significantly more confidence in their ability to advocate for tobacco control, expressed greater intent to advocate against tobacco use and were more likely to have taken advocacy action than were students in schools that did not adopt the curriculum.
  • Exposure to the curriculum had no effect on experimentation with tobacco over time.