September 26, 2002
New report shows a tobacco education
speaker can have substantial impact
new report strongly supports the concept that a tobacco education
speaker can have substantial impact among high school students.
Clifford Carr, EdD evaluated four live talks given by Patrick Reynolds,
and based his findings on data gathered from students following
each talk. The talks were given at two high schools in May, 2002,
and both schools were located in economically depressed areas of
Los Angeles. The evaluation concludes:
terms of intentions to act and actions taken because of the presentation:
86% of the students surveyed said they would not use tobacco,
and another 11% said they would quit soon or not use again
agreed or strongly agreed that they were less likely to use tobacco
agreed or strongly agreed that because they have more faith in
the future they will hold on to their health
of those with a parent who uses tobacco would talk to the parent
about that use
the tobacco control movement, there has been some doubt about the
effectiveness of "one shot activities" like events, or
tobacco education speakers.
however, the State of Florida's "Truth Campaign," as well
as the American Legacy Foundation, have both formed speakers bureaus.
Florida is now supporting the training of youth speakers in several
cities. So the old conventional wisdom is now beginning to shift.
now, no studies have been done on how effective tobacco education
speakers actually are. To the best of our knowledge, there has been
no prior research into whether speakers really do have an impact
on student smoking rates.
Carr's complete report is posted at www.tobaccofree.org/evaluations.pdf
evaluation form used, as well as the teachers' class discussion
guide, distributed to teachers for classroom follow-up, can be found
Foundation for a Smokefree America would be pleased to partner with
another organization on a grant to undertake a new study to determine
whether, one year after a tobacco education speaker's talk, the
smoking rates among students surveyed are lower than at schools
which have had no live speakers.
could be contacted via phone at their parents' homes. We were also
advised by Clifford Carr, EdD, that in his experience, emailing
high school students is an impractical method of long-term communication
study we are proposing might also compare schools that had just
one tobacco ed speaker, to schools that had two or three speakers
visit the link to the report, www.tobaccofree.org/evaluations.pdf,
and check out the good news about the strong potential of tobacco
summary, the news here is that a tobacco education speaker can make
a supplement, we have included below a quote by a teacher who was
present at two of the four talks covered by Dr. Carr's report.
Rosen, a teacher at Hawthorne High, saw two of the four talks
studied in Cliff Carr's report. She commented,
"Within the first five minutes, I was amazed to watch Patrick
Reynolds create an extraordinary bond with our school's culturally
diverse and economically underprivileged teens.
his opening story about his own father's absence, and the sadness
and anger he felt as a youth because of it, he asked the students,
'How many of you do not have your biological fathers living
at home with you?'
over 50% of the audience slowly raised their hands, our students
seemed to realize that these shared emotions cross all economic
and social borders -- and a bond was formed.
that, the students listened quietly and respectfully, and I
could see real interest in their faces, as they related to his
overheads and the moving stories he told, so very effectively
my experience with our student body at assembly programs, it
was an amazing achievement. Patrick Reynolds is a very polished
and motivating speaker who relates exceptionally well to teens
from all backgrounds. I would highly recommend him to other