Translating an Adolescent Smoking Cessation Program Into Policy and Practice in an Australian Context
Computing, Health and Science
Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science, Child Health Promotion Research Centre
Although Australia's restrictive tobacco control policies have made it an international leader in reducing smoking prevalence, and only 7% of teens smoke weekly, cessation efforts are still needed among adolescents. Of the campaigns and programs implemented in Australia to reduce this problem among adolescents, most have provided only abstinence messages and few have been effectively evaluated and translated into policy and practice. This article describes the translation of a harm minimization cessation program for teens, the Smoking Cessation for Youth Project (SCYP), derived from an approach developed with adults. In addition, the article describes the unique sociopolitical context of Australia in which the SCYP program was developed and the significant conceptual, contextual, and methodological factors that enabled and limited this program's effective implementation and translation.