Initial evaluation of a real-world self-help smoking cessation programme for adolescents and young adults

Addict Behav. 2006 Oct;31(10):1939-45. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2005.12.022. Epub 2006 Feb 2.


There is a lack of effective smoking cessation programmes for young people, despite the urgent need for them. The present study reports the initial results of a real-world self-help cessation programme which also contained a "quit and win"-contest component designed for adolescents and young adults. Consecutive registrants (N=1265) were surveyed 11 to 23 months after they registered to the programme to assess continuous abstinence. Results must be interpreted cautiously because this is an uncontrolled study with a 20.7% response rate (N=262). The programme was assessed positively by the participants. Results showed an 8.5% intention-to-treat quit rate with an average duration of 51.30 weeks continuous abstinence. Predictors for successful smoking were occasional smoking (not daily smoking) and older age.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pilot Projects
  • Smoking Cessation*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Treatment Outcome