Evaluation of the ASCENT Smoking Cessation Program for Adolescents

Jeffrey Hoffman, Susanna Nemes, Jennifer Weil, Sharon Zack, Kelly Munly, Lauren Hess

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The goal of this study was to evaluate the Adolescent Smoking Cessation Escaping Nicotine and Tobacco (ASCENT) program, a multifaceted smoking cessation intervention for teens, aged 14 to 18. Seven schools were randomised into either an intervention group (n = 61) or a comparison control group (n = 44).Findings suggested that 67% of the teens in the experimental group reported they did not smoke daily in the past 12 months, compared to 42% of the control group (p <.05). In addition, experimental (treated) youth reduced their smoking from an average of 8 cigarettes aday at baseline to 6 cigarettes a day (p <.05). Although not statistically significant, the overall 1-year quit rate for both groups was higher than the average rate for youth cessation programs (12%). The results of this study suggest that, with appropriate interventions, it is feasible to reduce youth smoking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-8
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Smoking Cessation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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