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Smoking Programme for the Youth in Barnet

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Smoking in teens is cause for alarm because they are not listening to the dangers of smoking. Many teens have parents who smoke or who are smokers and they are the more prone to smoke than those who have parents who do not smoke. Another challenge is that as adults stop smoking, the statistics for teens who smoke are going up instead of down (BBC News). The need is to design a program has studied a variety of programs and interventions to stop teen smoking. Programs that have Worked Mermelstein (2009) provided an overview of smoking cessation interventions that have worked.

School-based clinics are often where programs are created for teens. One program that is spotlighted is the American Lung Associations Not on Tobacco Programme. This program is a 10-week programme that has 50-minute group sessions that are conducted during school hours. They found that of the 566 participants, they had 21% of the students stop smoking (Mermelstein, p. 129). Pharmacological approaches have not worked well with teens. There were studies done that used the nicotine patch with many teens. They found that although the patch generally works with adults, the "quit rate" for adolescents was lower than with adults (Mermelstein, p.

129). Perry, Killen et al. reported on a school-based intervention that was geared towards modifying smoking behaviour. This program interjected facilitation from teachers with a variety of group discussions and presentations from students. The program was also an intense type of involvement from the students so that they invested in their learning and their behaviour change. The study also showed that the programme also changed the attitudes of students (p.

724). Another interesting programme was the 5-4-3-2-1 Go! Program researched by Evans (2007). This programme has as its primary goal to bring information to teenagers about the resources in their community that can provide healthful lifestyles for themselves and their families and engage teens in the process of learning about stop smoking. This model is also geared towards bringing change into the individuals' life. When looking at these programmes it is important to understand that the programmes that are working are those that combine smoking information with other types of education.

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