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Publication name: External evaluation of the NHS / ASH Scotland Young People and Smoking Cessation Pilot Programme
Date: 01 June 2006
Description: Reducing smoking among young people is a key policy objective of the Scottish Executive. One of the main elements of the Executive’s tobacco control strategy has been the provision of extra funding to Health Boards to develop local smoking cessation services. Young people, along with pregnant women and low income smokers, have been identified as one of the three key target groups. However, there has been relatively little research on smoking cessation in adolescents and young adults to inform the development of these services.

In April 2002 NHS Health Scotland and ASH Scotland funded a major programme of eight pilot cessation project projects, which aimed to engage with young people who wanted to quit smoking and to identify acceptable and potentially effective approaches to help them quit. Settings included a youth offender institution; formal and informal youth venues; a hospital maternity service; college, school and community venues; and the world wide web.
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