Community Intervention Trial for Smoking Cessation: Commit

1st Edition

Edward Lichtenstein, Lawrence M Wallack, Terry Pechacek

Routledge
Published June 15, 1991
Reference - 140 Pages
ISBN 9780895031556 - CAT# Y316954

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Summary

This special issue of the International Quarterly of Community Health Education is devoted exclusively to the Community Intervention Trial to Reduce Heavy Smoking (COMMIT). This eight year, $45 million program, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, is the largest community smoking intervention ever attempted. The eight articles provided here present a comprehensive overview of the project's rationale, intervention, and evaluation plan. COMMIT is of special interest to health educators because it endeavors to integrate research, community organization, and rigorous evaluation to address a significant world health risk. It involves eleven pairs of communities in North America. COMMIT emphasizes a partnership between the eleven research institutions and their respective intervention communities in developing the structures needed to implement the intervention protocol. We summarize the epidemiological data and describe the prior community interventions that set the stage for COMMIT, and discuss how COMMIT may inform state-wide tobacco reduction demonstration programs. An overview of the articles that describe the COMMIT intervention and evaluation plan is presented.

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