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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(3), 1026-1040; doi:10.3390/ijerph6031026
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Internally-Developed Teen Smoking Cessation Programs: Characterizing the Unique Features of Programs Developed by Community-Based Organizations

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1 Institute of Public Health, College of Health and Human Sciences, Georgia State University, 140 Decatur Street, Room 878, Atlanta, Georgia, 30303, USA 2 College of Public Health, Health Management and Policy, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, E220H1 GH, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA 3 Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Room 558, Chicago, IL 60608, USA 4 Department of Public Health, Oregon State University, College of Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Waldo Hall #321, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
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Received: 4 February 2009 / Accepted: 4 March 2009 / Published: 10 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smoking and Tobacco Control)
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Abstract

We have compared the unique features of teen tobacco cessation programs developed internally by community-based organizations (N=75) to prepackaged programs disseminated nationally (N=234) to expand our knowledge of treatment options for teen smokers. Internally-developed programs were more likely offered in response to the sponsoring organization’s initiative (OR=2.16, p<0.05); had fewer trained cessation counselors (OR=0.31, p<0.01); and were more likely found in urban areas (OR=2.89, p=0.01). Internally-developed programs more often provided other substance-abuse treatment services than prepackaged programs and addressed other youth-specific problem behaviors (p≤0.05). Studies that examine the effectiveness of internally-developed programs in reducing smoking and maintaining cessation for teen smokers are warranted.
Keywords: teens; smoking; tobacco; cessation; treatment; interventions teens; smoking; tobacco; cessation; treatment; interventions
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Sterling, K.L.; Curry, S.J.; Emery, S.; Sporer, A.K.; Mermelstein, R.J.; Berbaum, M.; Flay, B. Internally-Developed Teen Smoking Cessation Programs: Characterizing the Unique Features of Programs Developed by Community-Based Organizations. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1026-1040.

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