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1 Perceptions and Quitting Behaviours among Adolescent Smokers in NZ: 2002 to 2008 Dr Louise Marsh Cancer Society Research Fellow Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku

2 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Trends in regular smoking for girls ASH New Zealand (2011)

3 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Trends in regular smoking for boys ASH New Zealand (2011)

4 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Hooked on nicotine scores among young NZ smokers Guo, H., R. McGee, A.I. Reeder, and A. Gray (2010)

5 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Success of smoking cessation among young people Most people who smoke regret their decision to start smoking and want to quit Despite wanting to quit, many young people are unable to successfully do so

6 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Aim of the Study To examine trends among young NZ smokers in desire to quit smoking, perceptions of their ability to quit, and actual quit attempts from

7 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Survey Health Sponsorship Council health lifestyle surveys Biennial national surveys Monitor risk and protective factors for smoking Over year olds Analysed trends in data from 2002 to 2008 Current smokers

8 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Measures Desire to quit “Do you want to stop smoking now?” Self efficacy beliefs about quitting “Do you think you would be able to stop smoking if you wanted to? “ Quit attempts “During the past year (12 months) have you ever tried to stop smoking cigarettes?”

9 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Current Smoking Total SampleCurrent Smokers Sample size 12,422%2,092% Not a smoker9, Less than monthly At least once a day1, , At least once a week At least once a month

10 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Demographics Total SampleCurrent Smokers Sample size 12,422%2,092% SexMale6, Female6, , Age 147, , , EthnicityNZ European Māori2, Pacific1, Asian

11 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku What did we find?

12 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Wanting to stop smoking Māori: 1.6 (1.3 to 1.9) Pacific: 2.3 (1.7 to 3.3)

13 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Belief in being able to stop smoking

14 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Made a quit attempt Māori: 2.1 (1.7 to 2.6) Pacific: 2.6 (1.8 to 3.9)

15 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku What predicts a quit attempt? 5.9 (CI: 4.8 to 7.4) 0.4 (CI: 0.3 to 0.5) Want to Quit Believe they can Quit Quit Attempt

16 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Conclusions Little change in the number of young people making a quit attempt since 2002 Desire and motivation to quit remain important Young people may believe they can quit whenever they want, but this may stop them making a quit attempt

17 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Where to from here? Smoking cessation support for young people – What works for young people? – What is available? Future research – What does smoking cessation support look like for young people?

18 Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) Te Hunga Rangahau Ārai Mate Pukupuku Acknowledgements Professor Rob McGee and Andrew Gray Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit, University of Otago Dr Rhiannon Newcombe and Judy Li Health Sponsorship Council


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