Feasibility of school-based smoking cessation programs

J Sch Health. 1995 Dec;65(10):432-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.1995.tb08208.x.


This study obtained input from Australian student smokers approximately 15 years old, which may be useful in designing school-based smoking cessation programs. The sample was analyzed by previous quitting experience and intentions to quit. The order of preference for assistance options and incentives for quitting was similar across all groups; however, those who previously attempted to quit (previous quitters) and those who intended to quit (intenders) in the future were significantly more likely than non-quitters and non-intenders to find assistance options for quitting acceptable. The potential for saving money emerged as an important variable in convincing all groups of smokers not to smoke, and using personal willpower and cutting down slowly were identified as important in actual attempts to quit. The need for programs to be free and for friends to be supportive also was evident across all groups.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Queensland
  • School Health Services*
  • Smoking / economics
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Smoking Cessation* / methods
  • Smoking Cessation* / psychology