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Grant Number: 3R01CA086199-04S1 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Buller, David
Organization: Cooper Institute
Project Title: Web Based Support-Community Tobacco Control Coalitions
Fiscal Year: 2003
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Abstract

Proven effective tobacco prevention interventions quite often are never implemented at community or school levels. Research organizations charged with dissemination of effective interventions are often unfamiliar with effective dissemination strategies. Therefore, it is important to identify effective dissemination strategies for proven and/or promising tobacco education curricula. Consider This (www.considerthisusa.net ), was developed as an educational tool to reduce smoking among adolescents aged 12-15 (grades 6-9), the age group when experimentation with smoking begins. This Webbased curriculum aims to influence adolescent attitudes and behaviors about tobacco use through an interactive multimedia smoking prevention program. It was tested in two group-randomized pretest-posttest controlled trials in the United States (n=20 schools) and Australia (n=24 schools). The results of both trials demonstrated that Consider This was successful at changing attitudes and normative beliefs about not smoking in the desired direction. They also indicated that the program may be successful in reducing smoking a whole cigarette in the past 30 days (p<.05), especially in grades 8 and 9 (p<.04). The specific aims of this dissemination project are to test two strategies for disseminating Consider This to middle, junior high, and senior high schools in Colorado - strategies that include having local opinion leaders promote the program and providing testimonials from other teachers about program use. This will be tested in a 2 (opinion leader/no opinion leader) x 2 (testimonials/no testimonials) randomized factorial design with posttest only. Utilization of Consider This (primary outcome) will be measured by the number and proportion of logins by individual teachers and students in the eligible middle, junior, and senior high schools for each study group. Key theoretical moderators and mediators of adoption of Consider This suggested by Diffusion Theory will be analyzed.

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Publications

Supporting tobacco control: stimulating local newspaper coverage with a technical assistance website for local coalitions.
Authors: Buller DB, Bettinghaus EP, Helme D, Young WF, Borland R, Maloy JA, Cutter GR, Andersen PA, Walther JB
Source: Health Promot Pract, 2011 Nov;12(6 Suppl 2), p. 186S-94S.
PMID: 22068581
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Continued benefits of a technical assistance web site to local tobacco control coalitions during a state budget shortfall.
Authors: Buller DB, Young WF, Bettinghaus EP, Borland R, Walther JB, Helme D, Andersen PA, Cutter GR, Maloy JA
Source: J Public Health Manag Pract, 2011 Mar-Apr;17(2), p. E10-9.
PMID: 21297404
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Predictors of government officials' support for youth tobacco control policies.
Authors: Andersen PA, Buller DB, Voeks JH, Borland R, Helme D, Bettinghaus EP
Source: J Public Health Manag Pract, 2007 Nov-Dec;13(6), p. 621-9.
PMID: 17984717
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The effect of endorsement by local opinion leaders and testimonials from teachers on the dissemination of a web-based smoking prevention program.
Authors: Buller DB, Young WF, Fisher KH, Maloy JA
Source: Health Educ Res, 2007 Oct;22(5), p. 609-18.
EPub date: 2006 Oct 20.
PMID: 17056647
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Predictors of support for environmental tobacco smoke bans in state government.
Authors: Andersen PA, Buller DB, Voeks JH, Borland R, Helme D, Bettinghaus EP, Young WF
Source: Am J Prev Med, 2006 Apr;30(4), p. 292-9.
PMID: 16530615
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