TitleInternally-developed teen smoking cessation programs: characterizing the unique features of programs developed by community-based organizations.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSterling, KL, Curry, SJ, Emery, S, Sporer, AK, Mermelstein, RJ, Berbaum, M, Flay, BR
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Date Published2009 Mar
KeywordsSmoking Cessation

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.