Topic: Tobacco Use Prevention

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Deaf/HH) youth are a vulnerable minority population at risk for tobacco use, so TRDRP funded our prior community-academic partnered research that resulted in “Hands Off Tobacco! An Anti-Tobacco Program for Deaf Youth.” Widely disseminated and still in use today, to our knowledge it is the only comprehensive school-based tobacco prevention program tailored to meet this population’s needs. We modified the curriculum to address current knowledge gaps, beliefs, and use trends.

Research Team:
Barbara Berman, PhD
Burt Cowgill, PhD
Alison Herrmann, PhD, MS
Catherine Crespi, PhD

Community Partner: California School for the Deaf, Fremont; California School for the Deaf, Riverside; Orange County Public Schools

Study Population: Deaf/HH middle school students

Funding Source: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, grant # 26IP-0034


  • Cowgill BO, Herrmann AK, Richardson J, Guthmann DS, McKee MM, Malzkuhn M, Berman B (2020). Understanding e-cigarette knowledge and use among d/Deaf and hard of hearing students and the need for tailored prevention programming: A qualitative study. American Annals of the Deaf, 165(3): 335-332. 
  • Herrmann AK, Cowgill B, Guthmann D, Richardson J, Chang LC, Crespi C, Glenn E, McGee M, Berman B (2023). Developing and Evaluating a School-Based Tobacco and E-Cigarette Prevention Program for d/Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Youth. Health Promotion and Practice. PMID: 36760068