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Project Towards No Tobacco Use (Project TNT)

Department of Preventive Medicine, USC
1000 South Fremont Avenue, Unit 8
Alhambra, CA 91803

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Contact Information:
Steve Sussman, PhD

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School

Inner City

School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


Project Towards No Tobacco Use (Project TNT) is a comprehensive, classroom-based curriculum designed to prevent or reduce tobacco use in 5th through 9th grade youth. It is designed to counteract several different causes of tobacco use simultaneously, because the behavior is determined by multiple causes. Project TNT works well for a wide variety of youth who may have different risk factors influencing their tobacco use. It teaches awareness of misleading social information; develops skills that counteract social pressure to use tobacco; and provides information about the physical consequences of tobacco use, such as addiction.

Program Descriptors Include:
Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 1997
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2011

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior

Community factors

  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:


  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is over $500,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:



Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals


Evaluation Information:

Five conditions (four programs and the "usual school health education" control) were contrasted using a randomized experiment involving 7th grade students from 48 junior high schools. The four programs included three with single program components and one, Project TNT, which included all three components. To determine outcomes, one- and two-year follow-ups were conducted through an in-class, self-report questionnaire after the initial intervention was delivered. Outcomes for Project TNT students as compared to the other programs included: reduced initiation of cigarette smoking; reduced initiation of smokeless tobacco use; reduced weekly or more frequent cigarette smoking; and eliminated weekly or more frequent smokeless tobacco use.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

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