There are now some good programmes you can run in schools to delay the initiation of smoking. But the million dollar question is - does delay equal success? Or do kids smoke as much in the end?
Here is an analysis from California which gives hope. It seems that cohorts which start smoking later end up with fewer smokers - at least in a place which has run well funded, statewide programmes for many, many years. Probably not much use running programmes in schools and then sending children out into an unreformed community.