Community impact of a localized smoking cessation contest

Am J Public Health. 1990 May;80(5):601-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.80.5.601.


The present study assessed the effectiveness of a localized community contest timed to coincide with a statewide smoking cessation contest. Follow-up interviews were conducted with 218 local contest participants and 198 participants from the statewide contest. Overall cessation impact (participation rate x abstinence) was 0.39 percent for the local contest and 0.09 percent for the statewide contest. Localized community contests offered in conjunction with statewide or national campaigns may represent cost-effective methods of reaching large numbers of smokers.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Community Health Services
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Promotion / economics
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Minnesota / epidemiology
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Prevention*