The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and the University of Rochester Medical Center have received a $2.6 million grant to study interventions to help young adults kick the tobacco habit.
The five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund a study to translate evidence-based interventions in community cancer prevention and investigate novel Web-based delivery of these interventions to reduce the number of community college students who smoke, officials said.
Little is known about smoking and successful quitting strategies among community college students, URMC officials noted.
Participants will be followed during and after the intervention phase to assess quitting and successful strategies. The study, which also is to involve staff from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, will recruit approximately 1,500 smokers attending community colleges throughout New York, officials said. The Smoking Research Program has identified a pool of 22 community colleges for participation.
“If community college students have increasing access to the Internet, both on and off campus, and the Internet capabilities for reach and ease-of-use keep expanding, there is a better chance for smokers to access the right kind of support and resources,” said Scott McIntosh, associate professor of Community and Preventive Medicine at URMC and principal investigator of the study.
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