Conference Paper: Implementation of a peer-led smoking cessation hotline for youth: a pilot study

TitleImplementation of a peer-led smoking cessation hotline for youth: a pilot study
Authors
Issue Date2006
Citation
The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health (WCTOH 2006), Washington, DC., 12-15 July 2006. How to Cite?
AbstractBACKGROUND: Telephone hotline is effective in helping adults quit smoking, but little is known on its efficacy towards younger smokers. OBJECTIVE: To describe the establishment of the first peer-led telephone hotline for youth in Hong Kong, and the baseline characteristics of young smokers who utilized the service. METHODS: A youth quitline was piloted in August 2005 and managed by 20 trained student volunteers. The service targets youngsters aged 12 to 25, who have smoked in the past 30 days. For those who called the Youth Quitline and agreed to leave a telephone number for follow-up, peer-counselling using a motivational approach is offered in multiple telephone sessions (Baseline, 1 week and 1 month). Moreover, telephone follow up was made at 3 and 6 months to assess the quit rate, cigarette consumption and stages of readiness to quit. RESULTS: The service is ongoing. During the first 3 months, of 186 relevant calls retrieved, 72 (39%) were young smokers and 49 completed the baseline intervention. About 60% smoked 10 cigarettes or less per day, while 66% had a moderate to high level of nicotine dependency. About one-third were not ready to quit. CONCLUSION: Although young smokers had a lower daily cigarette consumption, the level of nicotine dependency was comparable to adult smokers who used telephone quitline. Intervention should focus on assessing and alleviating withdrawal symptoms, and promoting their readiness to quit smoking.
DescriptionConference Theme: Building capapcity of a tobacco-free world
Poster Session: 102-339
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/138356

 

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dc.contributor.authorWong, DCNen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, SSCen_US
dc.contributor.authorLam, DOBen_US
dc.contributor.authorLeung, AYMen_US
dc.contributor.authorFong, DYTen_US
dc.contributor.authorMak, YWen_US
dc.contributor.authorLam, THen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-26T14:46:01Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-26T14:46:01Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health (WCTOH 2006), Washington, DC., 12-15 July 2006.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/138356-
dc.descriptionConference Theme: Building capapcity of a tobacco-free world-
dc.descriptionPoster Session: 102-339-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Telephone hotline is effective in helping adults quit smoking, but little is known on its efficacy towards younger smokers. OBJECTIVE: To describe the establishment of the first peer-led telephone hotline for youth in Hong Kong, and the baseline characteristics of young smokers who utilized the service. METHODS: A youth quitline was piloted in August 2005 and managed by 20 trained student volunteers. The service targets youngsters aged 12 to 25, who have smoked in the past 30 days. For those who called the Youth Quitline and agreed to leave a telephone number for follow-up, peer-counselling using a motivational approach is offered in multiple telephone sessions (Baseline, 1 week and 1 month). Moreover, telephone follow up was made at 3 and 6 months to assess the quit rate, cigarette consumption and stages of readiness to quit. RESULTS: The service is ongoing. During the first 3 months, of 186 relevant calls retrieved, 72 (39%) were young smokers and 49 completed the baseline intervention. About 60% smoked 10 cigarettes or less per day, while 66% had a moderate to high level of nicotine dependency. About one-third were not ready to quit. CONCLUSION: Although young smokers had a lower daily cigarette consumption, the level of nicotine dependency was comparable to adult smokers who used telephone quitline. Intervention should focus on assessing and alleviating withdrawal symptoms, and promoting their readiness to quit smoking.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofWorld Conference on Tobacco OR Health, WCTOH 2006en_US
dc.titleImplementation of a peer-led smoking cessation hotline for youth: a pilot studyen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailWong, DCN: cnwong@hkucc.hku.hk, cnwong@graduate.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailChan, SSC: nssophia@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLam, DOB: debbie@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLeung, AYM: angleung@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailFong, DYT: dytfong@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailMak, YW: makyw@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLam, TH: hrmrlth@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityChan, SSC=rp00423en_US
dc.identifier.authorityLam, DOB=rp00571en_US
dc.identifier.authorityLeung, AYM=rp00405en_US
dc.identifier.authorityFong, DYT=rp00253en_US
dc.identifier.authorityMak, YW=rp00525en_US
dc.identifier.authorityLam, TH=rp00326en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros191429en_US
dc.description.otherThe 13th World Conference on Smoking OR Health, Washington, D.C., 12-15 July 2006.-

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