Performance Improvement 2005. Teen Tobacco Cessation Camp Program


The Alaska Native Teen Tobacco Cessation Camp was a three-year project focused on tobacco cessation with Alaska Native youth. Three summer camps were proposed to help break the nicotine addiction in this population. The first camp occurred in Nome, Alaska during summer of 1999. The camp was successful in offering an opportunity for 22 youth to experience tobacco cessation. A second camp scheduled for 2000 in another region in Alaska did not occur due to a lack of participants. Youth were unwilling to seek parental permission thus missing an opportunity to seek tobacco cessation. A third camp occurred in Bethel during 2001. Twenty-seven students participated in a five-day spirit camp. By the end of the camp, 21% of the pre-camp users reported having stopped for a good while at the camp. At three months, all of the students had begun using tobacco again, although several were still using NRT, seeking counseling from Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, and actively trying to stop their tobacco use. However, some progress was made in students’ stages of change immediately before, immediately after, and three months after the camp. Assessments indicated students generally advanced one or more stages in Prochaska and DiClemente’s stages of change.

PIC ID: 8161; Agency Sponsor: IHS, Indian Health Service; Federal Contact: Melton, Debbie, 301-443-4700; Performer: Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Center Div of Nicotine Control & Research, Anchorage, AK

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