Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Web Site Preferences of Smoking Teens May Differ from Those Who Don't Smoke

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Web Site Preferences of Smoking Teens May Differ from Those Who Don't Smoke

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SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. -- Smoking cessation Web sites can be useful for teenagers, but teen smokers aren't necessarily attracted to the same types of Web sites as their nonsmoking peers, Scott McIntosh, Ph.D., said at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Research has shown that 70%-80% of teens use the Internet to look for health information, said Dr. McIntosh of the department of community and preventive medicine at the University of Rochester (N.Y.). "But there is little evidence on which features and tactics work for smoking teens" to get them to quit.

To see which Web sites worked best for what groups, Dr. McIntosh and his associates did a small pilot study focusing on three smoking cessation Web sites: www.qWeb.org, www.gottaquit.com, and http://nobutts.ucsd.edu. They surveyed 203 high school students in western New York state; 53% were female, and 11% were regular smokers. The students were asked to rate all three sites. …

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