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Type: Journal article
Title: Community interventions for preventing smoking in young people
Author: Carson, K.
Brinn, M.
Labiszewski, N.
Esterman, A.
Chang, A.
Smith, B.
Citation: The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2011; 2017(7):001291-1-001291-140
Publisher: Update Software Ltd
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1469-493X
1469-493X
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Kristin V. Carson, Malcolm P. Brinn, Nadina A. Labiszewski, Adrian J. Esterman, Anne B. Chang and Brian J. Smith
Abstract: Background: Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the world. Decisions to smoke are often made within a broad social context and therefore community interventions using coordinated, multi-component programmesmay be effective in influencing the smoking behaviour of young people. Objectives: To determine the effectiveness of multi-component community based interventions in influencing smoking behaviour, which includes preventing the uptake of smoking in young people. Search methods: The Tobacco Addiction group’s specialised register, Medline and other health, psychology and public policy electronic databases were searched, the bibliographies of identified studies were checked and raw data was requested from study authors. Searches were updated in August 2010. Selection criteria: Randomized and non randomized controlled trials that assessed the effectiveness of multi-component community interventions compared to no intervention or to single component or school-based programmes only. Reported outcomes had to include smoking behaviour in young people under the age of 25 years. Data collection and analysis: Information relating to the characteristics and the content of community interventions, participants, outcomes and methods of the study was extracted by one reviewer and checked by a second. Studies were combined in a meta-analysis where possible and reported in narrative synthesis in text and table. Main results: Twenty-five studies were included in the review and sixty-eight studies did not meet all of the inclusion criteria. All studies used a controlled trial design, with fifteen using random allocation of schools or communities. One study reported a reduction in short-term smoking prevalence (twelvemonths or less), while nine studies detected significant long-term effects. Two studies reported significantly lower smoking rates in the control population while the remaining thirteen studies showed no significant difference between groups. Improvements were seen in secondary outcomes for intentions to smoke in six out of eight studies, attitudes in five out of nine studies, perceptions in two out of six studies and knowledge in three out of six studies, while significant differences in favour of the control were seen in one of the nine studies assessing attitudes and one of six studies assessing perceptions. Authors’ conclusions: There is some evidence to support the effectiveness of community interventions in reducing the uptake of smoking in young people, but the evidence is not strong and contains a number of methodological flaws.
Keywords: Humans; Age Factors; Adolescent; Child; Health Promotion; Female; Male; Controlled Clinical Trials as Topic; Young Adult; Smoking Prevention
Rights: Copyright © 2011 The Cochrane Collaboration. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
RMID: 0020111132
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001291.pub2
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