Aims. There is a need for effective and youth-specific adolescent smoking cessation interventions. The aim is to study recruitment and nation-wide feasibility of the school-based cessation program losgelöst. Method: A single group pre-post-test design was implemented. Data of 2754 students from 24 schools as well as of 22 trainer teams and 139 program participants are analysed. Recruitment rate, target group characteristics, acceptance, and quit rates are compared with regard to school type and gender. Results: The program could be implemented at 73.3% (n=22) of 30 targeted schools. A proportion of 18.9% of smokers and 48.8%of smokers motivated to quit were recruited (n=139). The program is very well accepted by participants and trainers, a retention rate of 72% (n=101) is achieved. During the course 30.2% smokers (n=42) quit smoking (intention-to-treat-analysis), additional 37.7% (n=51) reduce their consumption by half. At the end of four-week aftercare 24.4% (n=34) are smokefree. Acceptance and quit rates do not differ by school type or gender. Conclusions: Study results indicate that losgelöst is a feasible smoking cessation program that reaches its target group of adolescent smokers and is well accepted by participants and trainers.
- Smoking cessation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health