ERIC Number: EJ725571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-1
Reference Count: 29
The Goetz Plan: A Practical Smoking Cessation Program for College Students
Krohn, Franklin B.; Goetz, Kristin M.
College Student Journal, v39 n2 p260 Jun 2005
Tobacco smoking is responsible for approximately 434,000 deaths per year in the United States (Fact Sheet, 1993). College students represent a large portion of the smoking public. Roughly 70% of college students have tried smoking (Everett & Husten, 1999). There are various methods available to assist in smoking cessation, some being, nicotine chewing gum, nicotine patches, nicotine inhaler, nasal sprays, some anti-depressant medications and counseling. Integrating these into a smoking cessation program on college campuses may help college students in quitting smoking. The Goetz Plan is a smoking cessation program that provides: (1) a two credit smoking cessation course; (2) training to students about health effects and cessation aids; (3) problem solving and stress reduction training; (4) peer-counseling; and (5) mentors for social support. Most smokers want to quit, but few accomplish it successfully each year. A study done measuring college smoking policies and cessation programs discovered that 55.7% of respondents reported that their college health centers offered some type of smoking cessation program for college students (Wechsler et al., 2001). Cigarette use peaks at ages 18-25 and the average age for daily use is 18 (Baker, Thomas, Brandon, & Chassin, 2004). College students have the opportunity to participate in a smoking cessation program while attending school. Offering a two-credit smoking cessation course could provide motivation for students interested in quitting. Group therapy, problem solving and stress relief training, along with training about the health effects of smoking, and current cessation aids available included in the course would help students in their cessation efforts. Mentors provided can offer social support outside of the classroom for students trying to quit. Location, age, and motivation are all factors that may influence students into taking this college smoking cessation course, which, with other aspects mentioned may increase their chances of being successful in quitting smoking.
Descriptors: College Students, Mentors, Smoking, Health Programs, Peer Counseling, Motivation Techniques, Group Therapy, Health Promotion, Health Education, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States