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Data collection: Complete

Youth baseline data collection began in the fall of 2004 and continued into the summer of 2005. A total of 878 participating youth completed the youth participant baseline survey; 801 (91%) of whom also completed the youth participant end-of-program survey. The youth participant follow-up data collection was finalized in October 2006. The youth participant 6-month follow-up survey was completed by 672 (76.5%) program participants, and 601 (68.5%) of the youth completed the youth participant 12-month follow-up survey

A total of 77 (97.5%) program provider and 64 (98.5%) organizational leader interviews were conducted. The community level data collection was finalized in December 2006 resulting in the completion of 94 (78%) community leader interviews and local ordinance data collected for all 55 counties served by the participating programs.     

All of the data collected during the Phase II program evaluations are being prepared for analyses.  As publications and presentations of this data become available, they will be included on the Publications page of this Web site.    

Program selection: Complete

During the winter of 2004, HYSQ Phase II began recruitment and selection of programs. The primary goal of the Phase II program recruitment was to encourage a large and diverse set of youth tobacco cessation programs from across the country to apply for participation in the HYSQ evaluation. Through a tiered national recruitment strategy, HYSQ opened the web-based application to all youth cessation programs. The recruitment and selection process of Phase II is outlined in the poster presentation, Helping Young Smokers Quit: Program Recruitment for Evaluation.

During a 9-week period (March 15–May 15, 2004), HYSQ received 107 applications. Applications were reviewed for basic eligibility criteria, geographic region of the country, community demographics as defined in the Phase I stratification criteria, youth recruitment strategy (mandatory or voluntary), and externally developed vs. internally developed program materials to select 82 semi-finalists. Structured interviews were conducted via conference call with the semi-finalists. This process resulted in the final selection of 41 program sites in 18 states across the U.S.


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The Helping Young Smokers Quit National Program Office has closed. Helping Young Smokers Quit was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) from 2001 through 2010. Program direction was provided by the Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago. The contents of this Web site are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NCI, CDC or RWJF. © 2010.