A Pilot Randomized Control Trial to Relieve Subjects' Emotion and Pressure so as to Quit Smoking:

2017-01-18 05:53:21 | BioPortfolio


This study is a 3-arm randomized controlled trial including: (1) Adventure-based training intervention group, (2) WhatsApp intervention group and (3) Control group.


Depression and stress are obstacles of youth smokers to quit smoking, youth smokers who have positive thinking and less depression exhibited smoking abstinence at last. Adventure-based training could enhance participants' self-efficacy, self-esteem and also improve mental health of children and youth by doing physical activity. On the other hand, previous mobile phone-based studies (e.g. short messaging services or Apps) showed that the mental health of youth had been improved by providing instant response to the subjects when they felt depressed. A paper published recently proved that WhatsApp group could prevent relapse among the quitters. Thus, adventure-based training and social support in WhatsApp group would predict to reduce depression and stress so as to quit smoking in youth.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Health Services Research


Smoking Cessation


Adventure-based intervention group, WhatsApp intervention group, Control group


The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR




The University of Hong Kong

Results (where available)

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