Conference Paper: How to facilitate youth smokers to dial a Youth Quitline? A pilot study in the Chinese population

TitleHow to facilitate youth smokers to dial a Youth Quitline? A pilot study in the Chinese population
Authors
Issue Date2006
Citation
The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health (WCTOH 2006), Washington, DC., 12-15 July 2006. How to Cite?
AbstractBACKGROUND: Despite the effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions provided in the community, most youngsters would not seek assistance even if they want to quit. OBJECTIVE: To examine strategies which facilitate youth smokers to use telephone-based smoking cessation counseling. METHODS: A youth quitline was piloted in Hong Kong which targets to help youngsters aged 12 to 25 to quit smoking. Publicity strategies including press conference, newspaper articles, website, and distribution of publicity items to schools and community centers were applied to promote the quitline. The quitline operated from 4 – 10pm per day, with an additional 1 – 4pm session during Saturdays. Any calls during non-operation hours were recorded and handled by counselors in the next day. RESULTS: The project is ongoing. During the first 3 months, 407 calls were received, of which 185 calls were relevant and about two-fifths came from youth smokers. Most youth smokers obtained the quitline from the mass media (56%), parents and friends (16%), and through internet (15%). Moreover, 30% of relevant calls came from non-smokers who want to help teenagers quit smoking. Of 268 calls received during the non-operation hours, 27% were retrieved successfully. CONCLUSION: While the mass media is the most effective means to promote Youth Quitline, youth smokers could be motivated to utilize the service from their family members and friends. Flexible service hours that suit the youth smokers is important to minimize non-retrieved calls during non-operation hours.
DescriptionConference Theme: Building capapcity of a tobacco-free world
Poster Session: 102-340
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/138357

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorWong, DCNen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, SSCen_US
dc.contributor.authorLeung, AYMen_US
dc.contributor.authorFong, DYTen_US
dc.contributor.authorLam, DOBen_US
dc.contributor.authorMak, YWen_US
dc.contributor.authorLam, THen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-26T14:46:02Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-26T14:46:02Z-
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/10722/138357-
dc.descriptionConference Theme: Building capapcity of a tobacco-free world-
dc.descriptionPoster Session: 102-340-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Despite the effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions provided in the community, most youngsters would not seek assistance even if they want to quit. OBJECTIVE: To examine strategies which facilitate youth smokers to use telephone-based smoking cessation counseling. METHODS: A youth quitline was piloted in Hong Kong which targets to help youngsters aged 12 to 25 to quit smoking. Publicity strategies including press conference, newspaper articles, website, and distribution of publicity items to schools and community centers were applied to promote the quitline. The quitline operated from 4 – 10pm per day, with an additional 1 – 4pm session during Saturdays. Any calls during non-operation hours were recorded and handled by counselors in the next day. RESULTS: The project is ongoing. During the first 3 months, 407 calls were received, of which 185 calls were relevant and about two-fifths came from youth smokers. Most youth smokers obtained the quitline from the mass media (56%), parents and friends (16%), and through internet (15%). Moreover, 30% of relevant calls came from non-smokers who want to help teenagers quit smoking. Of 268 calls received during the non-operation hours, 27% were retrieved successfully. CONCLUSION: While the mass media is the most effective means to promote Youth Quitline, youth smokers could be motivated to utilize the service from their family members and friends. Flexible service hours that suit the youth smokers is important to minimize non-retrieved calls during non-operation hours.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofWorld Conference on Tobacco OR Health, WCTOH 2006en_US
dc.titleHow to facilitate youth smokers to dial a Youth Quitline? A pilot study in the Chinese populationen_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.emailLeung, AYM: angleung@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailFong, DYT: dytfong@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLam, DOB: debbie@hkucc.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.authorityLeung, AYM=rp00405en_US
dc.identifier.authorityFong, DYT=rp00253en_US
dc.identifier.authorityLam, DOB=rp00571en_US
dc.identifier.authorityMak, YW=rp00525en_US
dc.identifier.authorityLam, TH=rp00326en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros191432en_US
dc.description.otherThe 13th World Conference on Smoking OR Health, Washington, D.C., 12-15 July 2006.-

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