|Title||Internally-developed teen smoking cessation programs: characterizing the unique features of programs developed by community-based organizations.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Authors||Sterling, KL, Curry, SJ, Emery, S, Sporer, AK, Mermelstein, RJ, Berbaum, M, Flay, BR|
|Journal||International journal of environmental research and public health|
|Date Published||2009 Mar|
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< or =0.05). Studies that examine the effectiveness of internally-developed programs in reducing smoking and maintaining cessation for teen smokers are warranted.