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Tobacco Cessation – as We Want It: An Interview Study with Young People
Journal of Health and Environmental Research
Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2020, Pages: 61-67
Received: Jun. 5, 2020; Accepted: Jun. 18, 2020; Published: Jul. 4, 2020
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Ingrid Edvardsson Aurin, Department of Clinical Sciences Malmö, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; Department of Research and Development, Region Kronoberg Växjö, Sweden
Katarina Haraldsson, Department of Research and Development Within Education, Halmstad Municipality, Sweden; School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Institute of Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Lena Lendahls, Department of Research and Development, Region Kronoberg Växjö, Sweden; Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden
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Background: Smoking is still common among teenagers and young adults, and about every third young smoker states that he/she wants to quit smoking. There are no obvious evidence-based methods for tobacco cessation for young adults, and therefore, the same methods are used for adolescents and adults. The aim was to study adolescents’ and young adult’s experiences and views about what support they would like for smoking cessation. Methods: A qualitative study using a descriptive and exploratory design was conducted. Young smokers 16 - 29 years old (n=25) were interviewed in five focus groups in southern Sweden. Data were analyzed by qualitative content analysis. Results: The results illuminate young people’s suggestions to develop a model for tobacco cessation. Four themes emerged; Finding your own motivation – a prerequisite for taking the first step towards giving up smoking. Existing support rejected - existing apps, support by SMS, and self-help brochures did not appeal to the adolescents. Agreement between friends – To sign an agreement between two friends, which included a fee for relapses. Supportive environment - To organize the model with duo groups and give adapted support, and create the opportunity to win simple prizes to celebrate achieved interim goals. Conclusions: The participants suggested that the model for tobacco cessation should contain an agreement between friends, contain professional support, as well as have elements of celebration and competition. The challenge will be to implement this model into environments where they live.
Tobacco Cessation, Young Smokers, Interview Study
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Ingrid Edvardsson Aurin, Katarina Haraldsson, Lena Lendahls, Tobacco Cessation – as We Want It: An Interview Study with Young People, Journal of Health and Environmental Research. Vol. 6, No. 3, 2020, pp. 61-67. doi: 10.11648/j.jher.20200603.13
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