Based on the number or people, including teens one sees smoking it may seem as if smoking prevention methods have failed. However, statistics indicate that these methods have been yielding results. They include counseling, advertising in the media and of course, drug therapy and plain old talking. While most of these programs target young smokers, many take aim at older adults as well.
There are now grants funding programs that are all aimed at smoking prevention and quitting. Many of the ads shown are graphic in nature and have scared people enough to make them want to stop smoking. While this is not always enough to have an impact on smokers who are hooked on nicotine, it does provide a starting point.
In 2002 information from the Centers for Disease Control indicated that the fall in the number of teen smokers is partially a response to prevention strategies. The fall in cigarette sales over the last few years is also seen as an indication that fewer people are smoking or people are smoking less.
Of course, there is the belief that on a whole school-based prevention programs are not very effective. This does not mean that these programs should be scrapped, but the message may need to be revamped.
One other benefit of smoking prevention programs is that they dissuade some children and teens from starting if they were so inclined. While figures are not easy to come by, it is to be hoped that the successes of the past are being replicated today. What some studies have shown is that the more effective programs are those that promote smoke-free zones such as a workplace or meeting area.