S.T.O.P. - Stomping Tobacco Out with Pride:
A Social Change Approach to Developing Tobacco Control Advocates
In schedules that allow very little time for activities or issues that do not further one’s professional goals, how and why do students work on tobacco control? North Carolina A&T State University has developed a core group of student tobacco control advocates, S.T.O.P. (Stomping Tobacco Out with Pride) who
- Invested three to seven hours a week over 1 1/2 years preparing as tobacco prevention advocates,
- Developed campus and community forums to share how increased awareness of tobacco control issues changed their assumptions about, relationships with, and commitment to their campus and surrounding communities,
- Effectively developed strategies for sustainable programs to educate and engage their peers and the community in tobacco cessation and prevention including a radio program, social events, a health festival and step show competition, and
- Have committed to taking the lead on campus policy change at their University which is located less than a mile from a tobacco manufacturing plant.
The objective of the presentation is to show the impact of students’ research, involvement in community education and engagement, and development of a tobacco education program on their attitudes about and usage of tobacco products and commitment to tobacco control.