Students Against Nicotine and Tobacco Addiction (SANTA) is an action research project that engages local medical and mental health providers in partnership with students, teachers, and administrators in the Minneapolis/St Paul Job Corps community to reduce on-campus smoking. In this article, we describe how the initiative has endeavored to better understand the causes of students' smoking behaviors; changed the campus environment in ways facilitative to stress-management and boredom-reduction; revised the manners in which smoking cessation and support services are conducted; and sustained the project following the discontinuation of its start-up grant. Evaluative efforts across several cohorts of students in time show that smoking rates decrease significantly with prolonged exposure to SANTA interventions.
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- adolescent smoking
- quit smoking
- smoking cessation
- teen smoking