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Intervention effects on youth tobacco use in the community intervention trial (COMMIT)
  1. D J Bowen1,
  2. M A Orlandi2,
  3. E Lichtenstein3,
  4. K M Cummings4,
  5. A Hyland4
  1. 1Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington, USA
  2. 2Johnson & Johnson, Inc, Skillman, New Jersey, USA
  3. 3Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon, USA
  4. 4Roswell Park Cancer Center, Buffalo, New York, USA For the COMMIT Research Group
  1. Correspondence to:
 Deborah J Bowen, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Ave N, MP-900, Seattle, WA 98109, USA;
 dbowen{at}fhcrc.org

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The Community Intervention Trial for Smoking Cessation (COMMIT) was an intervention trial funded by the National Cancer Institute to evaluate the effects of a multi-component, community based smoking control intervention on cessation in adult smokers.1,2 The primary (adult) outcomes of this trial have been published elsewhere.3,4 In this letter we test the hypothesis that a comprehensive, community based intervention aimed at adult smokers would have an ancillary impact on the prevalence of youth smoking.

The COMMIT intervention5 included youth oriented activities directed toward four principle areas: school based education programmes, smoking policies in schools, legislative activities related to youth smoking, and participation by students and teachers in other COMMIT activities. The evaluation …

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