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The Pediatric Forum
March 2000

Presentation Style as Important as the Message

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154(3):314. doi:

Williams et al1 report that when adolescents perceive messages about not smoking as autonomously supportive, they have more autonomous motivation for not smoking, and that, in turn, predicts a decrease in their self-reports of smoking. Additional research to clarify how best to structure a presentation focused on tobacco self-regulation for adolescents may include findings that newborns and infants born to smoking mothers had higher arousal thresholds to auditory challenges than those born to nonsmoking mothers. The impact of exposure to cigarette smoke occurred before birth.2