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Helping Smokers to Quit Via the Smoke-free Teen Contest 2011: A Randomized Controlled Trial

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2012 by The University of Hong Kong.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Prof. Sophia Siu-chee Chan, The University of Hong Kong Identifier:
First received: August 20, 2012
Last updated: NA
Last verified: August 2012
History: No changes posted

Background The home is the primary source of SHS exposure. The scientific evidence shows that there is no risk-free level of exposure to SHS that stop smoking is the sole way to completely eliminate the risk of SHS exposure. Although research studies indicated that smoking bans in restaurants, bars, and workplaces can significantly reduce the level of SHS exposure, governments lack the authority to restrict smoking in homes. Therefore, parental cessation is a more effective means to reduce the SHS exposure.

Aim The aims are (1) to promote smoking cessation in the community and (2) assess the effect of different smoking cessation approaches through the Smoke-free Teen Contest. The specific objectives of the study are to test the effectiveness of different smoking cessation approaches on quit rate and change in smoking behaviours among smokers who are referred by Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH).

Methods The referred smokers were nominated by primary 1 to secondary 3 students who joined the Smoke-free Teen Contest organized by COSH. Two domains of outcome will be assessed: (1) the primary outcome is the self-reported 7-day point prevalence (pp) quit rate at 6 months and (2)the secondary outcomes included (i) biochemical validated quit rate at 6 months and (ii) rate of smoking reduction by at least of half and (iii) number of quit attempts at 6 months.

Procedure Smokers, who are referred by the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH), were nominated by primary 1 to secondary 3 students joined Smoke-free Teen Contest organized by COSH. Those smokers will be randomized into two groups (Intervention group and Control group) using the clustered randomization method by school. After the clustered randomization, the oral consent of eligible subjects were obtained to the study through telephone interview. Intervention group will receive 1,2,3, 8-week and 6-month telephone follow-up after baseline, while control group will only receive 6-month telephone follow-up after baseline. Those participants who reported to have stopped smoking will be invited for biochemical validation of smoking status at 6-month follow-up.

Hypothesis We hypothesize that the intensive telephone counselling plus NRT treatment will lead to significant increases in rates of smoking cessation in the intervention groups than the control group.

Condition Intervention
Comparative Effectiveness Research
Behavioral: Counseling group

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Helping Smokers to Quit Via the Smoke-free Teen Contest 2011: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by The University of Hong Kong:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The self-reported 7-day point prevalence (pp) quit rate at 6 months [ Time Frame: Six months ]
    Whether the participant has quitted smoking in the past seven days at the time point of 6 months

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Biochemical validated quit rate at 6 months [ Time Frame: Six months ]
    • Test the cotinine level in the saliva provided by the participants
    • Rate of smoking reduction by at least of half
    • Number of quit attempts at 6 months

Estimated Enrollment: 269
Study Start Date: October 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2012
Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Counseling group
Study participants in the intervention group were received an intensive smoking cessation telephone counselling with 2-weeks free and 6-weeks discount nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).
Behavioral: Counseling group
The content for the brief counseling group adopts a AWARD approach including asking the smoking habit, warning about the health risks associated with smoking, advising the smokers to quit, referring to specialized service, and repeating the above message. Additional telephone follow-up counseling at 1, 2, 3 and 8-week will be made to the participants in this group.
No Intervention: Control group
Study participants in the control group were not received any quitting assistance other than the self-help materials provided by Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH).

Detailed Description:

Smoking is the single most preventable cause of deaths in Hong Kong and the smoking prevalence was about 11.8% (20.5% in males and 3.6% in females) in 2008. It was estimated that smoking accounts for about one fifth of all deaths and kills about 5,700 people per year. Smoking has been associated with serious damage to health at all ages, leading to cancers, heart diseases, stroke, chronic lung diseases, and many other health problems. It was estimated in 1998 that a total of US$688 million medical cost were attributed to smoking-related diseases annually, with active smoking accounted for 77% and passive smoking 23% of the total cost. However, it is difficult for smokers to quit smoking without assistance because smoking is addictive, and most smokers prefer to try and quit on their own rather than seeking treatment, thus it is hard to reach those smokers who do not present themselves for treatment. On the other hand, a previous study also indicated that high quit rate (38%) could be achieved for those smokers who received a 6-week supply of free NRT plus telephone counselling and self-help materials.

Consistent findings from previous studies demonstrated that social support appears to be one of the strongest determinants of success at quitting smoking and remaining abstinent. Ward and Klesges showed that social (family) support affects smoking outcome and may influence readiness to quit. In a US study, family support was reported to be the most significant predictor, compared to peer and significant-other support, on the experiential and behavioral processes of change in a smoking cessation program for adult smokers. Similar results were also found in a local study on the motivation to reduce smoking among smokers who are not willing to quit. It is therefore imperative to involve a family member as the first point of contact in the health care system regarding supporting their smoking family members in the quitting process.

In Hong Kong, 33.6% of fathers and 2.6% of mothers smoke. Nevertheless, only 1.8% male smokers had tried smoking cessation service and among those who had not tried any, 86.1% reported that they would not try the service. Establishing rapport with schools and building capacity in tobacco control in students could be a feasible way to engage smokers in tobacco control advocacy. This could also help smokers who may not have access to services which assists them in quitting smoking.

To fill those aforementioned gaps, in this proposed project, all primary school students and junior forms of secondary school students are mobilized for the establishment of smoke-free homes. They play an active role in advocating for a 'Smoke-free Environment' in their home by nominating, encouraging and supporting their family members and relatives to quit smoking.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Hong Kong residents aged 18 or above
  • Able to communicate in Cantonese
  • Intend to quit smoking

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Smokers who are psychologically or physically unable to communicate
  • Currently following other forms of smoking cessation programme
  • Have a previous history of allergy to NRT patch or gum
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01671553

Contact: Sophia SC Chan, PhD 852-28192622

The University of Hong Kong Recruiting
Hong Kong SAR, China
Principal Investigator: Sophia SC Chan, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
The University of Hong Kong
Principal Investigator: Sophia SC Chan, PhD HKU
  More Information

Responsible Party: Prof. Sophia Siu-chee Chan, Professor, The University of Hong Kong Identifier: NCT01671553     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: COSH-SmokefreeTeen
Study First Received: August 20, 2012
Last Updated: August 20, 2012 processed this record on April 26, 2017