Results of a Feasibility Evaluation of the Short Story of Life Smoking Education and Prevention Program in Public Schools

  • Larry Burd
  • Eric Deal
  • Charles Burd
  • Marilyn G. Klug
  • Jada Dickerson
  • Belva E. York
  • Rodney Burd

Smoking is a common problem among children with learning and behavior disorders, many of whom have multiple developmental disabilities. We present data from a feasibility study to educate children about cost, disability, and loss of life from smoking. Pre- and post-test comparisons were used to examine changes. The 466 participants were from six schools. The age range was 11–18 years of age. Of the 466 students ages 11 – 18 years of age 90% were able to answer four factual questions using the calculator on the post test. We found that 66% of the students demonstrated improvement in at least one area. When asked to compare the Short Story of Life (SSL) to any other programs the student may have seen, in or out of school, 71% preferred the SSL compared to any other program they had seen. The cost per child for the SSL program was $2.89. The SSL program was found to be easy to use and inexpensive to implement in community settings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry Burd
    • 1
  • Eric Deal
    • 1
  • Charles Burd
    • 1
  • Marilyn G. Klug
    • 1
  • Jada Dickerson
    • 2
  • Belva E. York
    • 2
  • Rodney Burd
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health SciencesGrand ForksUSA
  2. 2.The Next Step NetworkArea Prevention Resource CenterGuymonUSA
  3. 3.Center for Awareness and Preventive EducationLubbockUSA

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