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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Evaluation of a novel intervention providing insight into the tobacco industry to prevent the uptake of smoking in school-aged children: a mixed-methods study
Author(s): Szatkowski, Lisa
Taylor, John
Taylor, Amy
Lewis, Sarah
Wu, Qi
Parrott, Steve
McNeill, Ann
Britton, John
Bauld, Linda
Jones, Laura L
Bains, Manpreet
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2017
Citation: Szatkowski L, Taylor J, Taylor A, Lewis S, Wu Q, Parrott S, McNeill A, Britton J, Bauld L, Jones LL & Bains M (2017) Evaluation of a novel intervention providing insight into the tobacco industry to prevent the uptake of smoking in school-aged children: a mixed-methods study, BMJ Open, 7 (11), Art. No.: e018031.
Abstract: Objectives  Evidence from the USTruthcampaign suggests that interventions focusing on tobacco industry practices and ethics may be effective in preventing youth smoking uptake. We developed, piloted and evaluated a school-based intervention based on this premise.  Methods  Exploratory study students in years 7–8 (aged 11–13) in two UK schools received Operation Smoke Storm, comprising three 50 min classroom-based sessions in year 7, an accompanying family booklet and a 1-hour classroom-based booster session in year 8. We compared the risk and odds of ever smoking and susceptibility to smoking in year 8 students in study schools postintervention with students in control schools. Focus groups and interviews with students, teachers and parents evaluated the acceptability of the intervention.  Results  In intervention schools, the combined prevalence of ever smoking and susceptibility increased from 18.2% in year 7 to 33.8% in year 8. There was no significant difference in the odds of a year 8 student in an intervention school being an ever smoker or susceptible never smoker compared with controls (adjusted OR (aOR) 1.28, 95% CI 0.83 to 1.97, p=0.263) and no significant difference in the odds of ever smoking (aOR 0.82, 95% CI 0.42 to 1.58, p=0.549). Teachers highlighted differences by academic ability in how well the messages presented were understood. Use of the family component was low but was received positively by parents who engaged with it.  Conclusions  Operation Smoke Stormis an acceptable resource for delivering smoking-prevention education, but it does not appear to have reduced smoking and susceptibility.
DOI Link: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018031
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