145623 Getting young adults to quit smoking: An evaluation of the X-pack program

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Lorien Abroms, ScD , School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Richard Windsor, PhD , School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Bruce G. Simons-Morton, EdD, MPH , National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Prevention Research Branch, Bethesda, MD
Objectives: The lack of promising smoking cessation interventions targeting young adults is a recognized public health problem. This study was designed to estimate the efficacy and acceptability of a young-adult oriented program, the X-Pack Program, when administered to college student smokers. Methods: Participants (N=83) were randomized after enrollment to receive either a moderately intensive, email-based, young-adult intervention--the X-Pack Group--or a less intensive program aimed at a general adult audience--the Clearing the Air Program. Participants were assessed at baseline, 3 months, and 6 months post-enrollment. Results: Participants in the X-Pack group rated their treatment more favorably overall, were more engaged in program activities, and quit for more consecutive days at 3 and 6 months follow-up. Differences in quit rates favored the X-Pack group at 3- and 6-month follow-up, but the differences were not significant. Conclusions: These findings offer some support for the X-Pack Program when administered to college smokers.

Learning Objectives:
1. To assess the smoking characteristics and quit patterns of young adult smokers. 2. To estimate the acceptability and behavioral impact of a smoking cessation program for college students developed around the X-Pack, a smoking cessation kit for young adults.

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