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Many young people who smoke want to quit. However, few access services to support their quit journey, in part because few services are developed for youth. The N-O-T on Tobacco (N-O-T) program is a voluntary youth tobacco cessation program created specifically for young people (aged 14-19) who want to quit.
N-O-T runs over 10 sessions:
We train adult allies to facilitate the program in your school or community. Facilitators receive an in-person training session, handbook with resources, materials and evaluations. We even provide additional support for incentives for participants like food and quit packages.
The N-O-T program has been highlighted as a promising practice by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) making it an effective method of achieving smoking cessation in youth. N-O-T was originally developed by the American Lung Association where an evaluation of over 12,000 youth who had participated in the program showed that 90 per cent had either quit or reduced.
N-O-T Ontario has had similar success. Evaluation of N-O-T Ontario shows that:
Participants noted a change in how they thought about smoking and had more positive thoughts about quitting.
Amongst other positive secondary outcomes, this program:
If you are interested in running the N-O-T program with a group of young people, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I think that by sitting with their peers, talking about the same addictive behavior, it allowed them to be open and honest and they were actually able to identify when they started, why they started and the triggers that keep them engaged in smoking, which they probably have never done before. They were also in an environment that was safe, fun and consistent.”
– Adult facilitator of program