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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

Implementation of a Peer Led Smoking Prevention Programme on Video in Romania

Lucia M. Lotrean, MD1, Daniel C. Mardare, MPH2, Cornel Radu Loghin3, Carmen Ionut, MD, PhD1, and Hein De Vries, PhD4. (1) Department of Environmental Health, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Pasteur 6, Cluj Napoca, 3400, Romania, (2) Promoting Health Programs-Preventive Medicine, Public Health department Iasi, 21 Nicolae Balcescu Street, Iasi, Romania, (3) Organization Aer Pur, Romania, Argentina 35, Bucharest, 001753, Romania, (4) Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, Maastricht University, Debyeplein 1, Maastricht, 6229 HA, Netherlands

Objective: According to The National Survey on Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs, which is part of The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs (ESPAD) carried out in 2003, 64% of the 16 years old Romanian school students reported smoking at least once during their lifetime, being noticed an increased of 11% comparing with the year 1999. This indicates the necessity of implementing innovative smoking prevention programs among Romanian adolescents. The objective of this paper is the presentation of a peer led smoking prevention program on video for teenagers developed in Cluj Napoca, a big town of Romania during the school year 2005/2006.

Methods: The programme is implemented among 13-15 years old school students from Cluj Napoca and its process evaluation is carried out by questionnaires, which assess students', peer leaders' and teachers' opinion about the project, its content, the methods and the materials used during the program.

Results: The goal of this program is smoking prevention among teenagers by delivering them of five weekly sessions of forty –five minute each regarding different issues about smoking. Structure and content can be summarized as follows: (a).introduction of the theme in a class on video (b.) activities in small groups, peer-led (c.) return to one group and continuation of the lesson on video (d.) activities in small groups, peer-led (e.)(sometimes) home activities. This paper presents the content and the process evaluation of the project and makes recommendation for future programs of smoking prevention among Romanian young people.