Model Smoking Prevention Program

MSPP, now known as the Model Smoking Prevention Program, is a comprehensive program proven to help prevent kids from using cigarettes, tobacco, and alternative tobacco products such as snuff, e-cigarettes, and hookahs.

Last reviewed: 2024

Intended Outcomes:

The overall goal of MSPP is to prevent tobacco use among adolescents.

Continuum of Care:
Universal Prevention

Topic Areas:
Behavioral Health/Mental Health, Substance Use

Childhood (4-12), Teen/Adolescent (13-18)

Geographic Locations:
Rural, Urban

Delivery Settings:
Community-Based, School-Based

Cultural Considerations:
Limited research found involving diverse populations

This program is intended for use with students in grades 5-8.

Teachers, peer leaders, prevention, and anyone of similar education can implement this program.


Is Training Required?
Information not available

Who can provide the required training?
Please use the following contact form for more information on the optional training:

Program Costs (materials, training, etc.):
Yes, refer to program website

Program/Practice Website:

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research:

Arkin, R., Roemhild, H., Johnson, C.A., Luepker, R., & Murray, D. (1981). The Minnesota Smoking Prevention Program: A seventh grade health curriculum supplement. Journal of School Health, 51(19), 611-616

Hamm, N. H. (1994). Outcomes of the Minnesota Smoking Prevention Program. Psychological Reports, 75(2), 880-882.

Perry, Cheryl, Joel Killen, Michael Telch, Lee Ann Slinkard, and Brian Danaher. 1980. “Modifying Smoking Behavior of Teenagers: A School-Based Intervention.” American Journal of Public Health (70)7:722–25.

Perry, C. L., Kelder, S. H., Murray, D. M., & Klepp, K.-I. (1992). Communitywide Smoking Prevention: Long-Term Outcomes of the Minnesota Heart Health Program and the Class of 1989 Study. American Journal of Public Health, 82(9), 1210.

Unable to be Rated

WV Rating:
Unable to Be Rated
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Rationale for Rating:

Our team is unable to rate this program based on a lack of current research. All 4 studies are outside of a 30-year range. The actual data sets are recorded from the years 1978 through 1984. Though outcomes were significant at that time we cannot generalize those outcomes to today’s youth. It is recommended that additional research be conducted with current data to determine whether the program continues to have significant positive outcomes.

Contraindications or Concerns:
None identified

Other Registries/Ratings

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare:
Not On Registry

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development:
Not On Registry

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness:
Unclear +

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide:
Promising - One study

Washington State Institute for Public Policy:
Found on the registry. See link for more information.

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