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Why Use N-O-T
- It really works! It has a 21% quit rate which is higher than that of any other teen smoking cessation program.
- Based on over 10 years of research and evaluation
- Easy to use
- Training and ongoing support facilitated by American Lung Association
- Offers a Web site to help with all aspects of effective program delivery including advertising, teen recruitment, and implementation
What are the benefits of the N-O-T program for schools?
- Can function as a health education curriculum
- Improves the quality of life in schools by promoting a tobacco-free environment
- Helps schools address the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guidelines for School Health Program to Prevent Tobacco Use & Addiction
What are the benefits of the N-O-T program for teens?
- Quit smoking! Teens are successful in the N-O-T program because they may quit smoking, reduce smoking, or at least attempt to quit or reduce
- Gain a sense of accomplishment and control over smoking
- Form friendships with others in the program
- Build a positive relationship with an adult role model
- Increase their motivation in school
- Can improve their health by increasing physical activity, managing stress, eating better, and learning how to get and maintain social support
- Save money – they learn how much they spend on cigarettes, and if they quit or reduce smoking, they reap the savings
The N-O-T program was specifically designed and developed for teens. In one study, almost 97% of youths said they liked the N-O-T program, and 87% agreed or strongly agreed that being in a group was helpful in trying to quit smoking. Teens also reported that they felt better about themselves, dealt better with stress, exercised more, made new friends, dealt better with family, ate better, and went to school more often. Most teens who completed the N-O-T program said that facilitators were trustworthy and cared about students. Teens also said N-O-T helped them change several areas of their lives, including exercise, stress management, and self-esteem.