School Nurses Help Teens Quit… In the Short-Term

Posted on October 26th, 2011 by ColleaguesAdmin

School Nurses Help Teens Quit… In the Short-Term


Teenage students who talk with a school nurse about quitting smoking are less likely to be smoking in three months, according to a new study on smoking cessation.

In the study of 1,000 Massechusetts teens, 11% of teens who spoke with a school nurse at four weekly sessions were still not smoking after three months, as compared to 6% of teens who only received anti-smoking materials.

However, the nurses didn’t seem to make a difference in the long-term. It turns out that after a year there was no difference in smoking cessation, regarless of the assistance the teens received. Researchers suggest that more and regular counseling sessions with a nurse may do the trick.


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