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To describe the content, delivery and evaluation of tobacco-related (smoke-free) education to pre-teen students and to compare this education with current best practice.
Postal survey to staff of 136 New Zealand (NZ) schools with primary-aged children.
More than 90% of schools offered some form of education about the harmful effects of tobacco use and many relied on external providers for this education.
Although most schools offered some form of smoke-free education, there was a lack of rigorous program evaluation, particularly of programs provided by external agencies.
Smoking remains a significant health problem in NZ and improving the quality of smoke-free education for pre-teen students, before most young people initiate smoking, would be a positive step towards better health.