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Web-Based Media Literacy to Prevent Tobacco Use among High School Students

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Journal of Media Literacy Education Volume 7, Number 3, ISSN 2167-8715


Facilitator-led smoking media literacy (SML) programs have improved media literacy and reduced intention to smoke. However, these programs face limitations including high costs and barriers to standardization. We examined the efficacy of a Web-based media literacy program in improving smoking media literacy skills among adolescents. Sixty-six 9th grade students participated in a Web-based SML tobacco education program based on health behavior theory. Pre- and post-test assessments demonstrated statistically significant changes in the primary outcome of total SML as well as each of the individual SML items. However, there were inconsistent changes in other theory-based outcomes including attitudes and normative beliefs.


Phelps-Tschang, J.S., Miller, E., Rice, K. & Primack, B.A. (2015). Web-Based Media Literacy to Prevent Tobacco Use among High School Students. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 7(3), 29-40. Retrieved April 21, 2021 from .

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