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Web Assisted Tobacco Intervention

Purpose of the study

Compared to the smoking rates of the general population (16%), smoking rates among Community College students varies but remains substantially higher (28-30%). This critical population is likely to increase for several reasons, including President Obama's American Graduation Initiative, which provides resources to increase Community College enrollment by 5 million additional graduates by 2020.Young adults are a continually understudied population, particularly Community College students for whom little data on cessation are available.

Evaluations of WATI for smoking cessation treatment with young adults in more traditional 4-year college settings have yielded encouraging preliminary data regarding intervention effectiveness. This study aims to uncover if this intervention is effective for the understudied Community College population.


Inclusion criteria for students in include:

  • age >18
  • currently smoke at least 5 cigarettes per week OR have quit within the past 7 days and did smoke at least 5 cigarettes per week
  • enrollment as a matriculated part-time or full-time student at a Community College
  • Are at least thinking about quitting, ready to set a quit date or are in the process of quitting and of abstinence from tobacco.

Those who do not meet these inclusion criteria will be offered the chance to be added to our Smoking Research Group Recruitment Database (RSRB# 44468) to be contacted for future research.

Exclusion Criteria: Un-matriculated part-time students will be excluded, as they are commonly also enrolled in 4-year college, or may not be pursuing a specific course of study.


BenefitsAim 1

To test the effectiveness of WATI among Community College students (primarily young adults). The online methodology will maximize population access and, if effective, can be recommended as a feasible cessation option.

Aim 2

To evaluate WATI options for overall usability, as well as for the usability and perceived helpfulness of key features(i.e.,basic, novel, high-tech, proactive and interactive components),and their relationship to cessation.

Aim 3

To develop and evaluate strategies to recruit and retain an understudied population of Community College smokers using WATI interventions. Evaluation of recruitment strategies will be useful to the current trial, as well as well as to future trials with this population.