College smoking-cessation using cell phone text messaging

J Am Coll Health. Sep-Oct 2004;53(2):71-8. doi: 10.3200/JACH.53.2.71-78.


Although rates of smoking among college-aged students continue to rise, few interventions that focus on college smokers' unique motivations and episodic smoking patterns exist. The authors developed and evaluated a prototype program targeting college students that integrates Web and cell phone technologies to deliver a smoking-cessation intervention. To guide the user through the creation and initialization of an individualized quitting program delivered by means of cell phone text messaging, the program uses assessment tools delivered with the program Web site. Forty-six regular smokers were recruited from local colleges and provided access to the program. At 6-week follow-up, 43% had made at least one 24-hour attempt to quit, and 22% were quit--based on a 7-day prevalence criterion. The findings provide support for using wireless text messages to deliver potentially effective smoking-cessation behavioral interventions to college students.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cell Phone*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Telecommunications
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / prevention & control
  • Universities