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Social, Church Activities May Protect Against Adolescent Smoking

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Preventing youth smoking could take a village or a neighborhood. Church and school activities may help reduce smoking among youth in disadvantaged areas, according to a new survey.

Researchers interviewed 824 ninth-graders enrolled at four schools in Flint, Mich. All of the students had a grade point average of 3.0 or lower. They were asked about their smoking habits as well as those of family and friends. The researchers used census data to determine the socioeconomic characteristics of the students