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Theory-based Development and Testing of an Adolescent Tobacco-use Awareness Program

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Objective: To develop and disseminate an effective tobacco awareness and cessation program. Methods: Self-report data from youth (n=1,601) and implementation data from site facilitators (n=16) provided the basis for the trial program evaluation. Results: Approximately 146 total classes and 1,601 youth were served. Significantly (p<.01) more participants were in the action stage of change at the end of the program. At follow-up, 40% of the participants indicated they were tobacco free. Conclusion: The multiple iterative steps in program development were described. A theoretically based program, like the ATCP, is well worth exploring as a public health intervention.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston, Houston, TX. 2: Department of Social and Behavioral Health, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. 3: Department of Health and Human Performance, North-western State University, Natchitoches, LA. 4: Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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