Text and Mobile Media Smoking Cessation Service for Young Adults in South Texas

Operation and Cost-Effectiveness Estimation

Amelie G Ramirez, Patricia Chalela, David Akopian, Edgar Munoz, Kipling J. Gallion, Cliff Despres, Jafet Morales, Rodrigo Escobar, Alfred L. McAlister

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Abstract

To realize the promising potential of services delivered via smart phones to help young adults quit smoking at a high level of cost-efficiency, we constructed a texting and mobile media system that was promoted in South Texas via social media advertising and other recruitment channels. During the 6-month service period described here, enrollments were achieved for 798 participants with a mean age of 29.3 years. Seven-month texted follow-up found that 21% (171) of the enrollees reported abstinence at that point. This is consistent with high rates of success found in studies of telephone counseling for young adults and confirms that text and mobile media service specifically designed for young adults provide a feasible and potentially cost-effective approach to promoting cessation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-585
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

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Smoking Cessation
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Young Adult
Text Messaging
Social Media
Costs and Cost Analysis
Telephone
Counseling
Smoking
Efficiency

Keywords

  • cost-effectiveness
  • mobile media
  • smoking cessation
  • SMS texting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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Text and Mobile Media Smoking Cessation Service for Young Adults in South Texas : Operation and Cost-Effectiveness Estimation. / Ramirez, Amelie G; Chalela, Patricia; Akopian, David; Munoz, Edgar; Gallion, Kipling J.; Despres, Cliff; Morales, Jafet; Escobar, Rodrigo; McAlister, Alfred L.

In: Health Promotion Practice, Vol. 18, No. 4, 01.07.2017, p. 581-585.

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Ramirez, AG, Chalela, P, Akopian, D, Munoz, E, Gallion, KJ, Despres, C, Morales, J, Escobar, R & McAlister, AL 2017, 'Text and Mobile Media Smoking Cessation Service for Young Adults in South Texas: Operation and Cost-Effectiveness Estimation', Health Promotion Practice, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 581-585. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839917705130
Ramirez, Amelie G ; Chalela, Patricia ; Akopian, David ; Munoz, Edgar ; Gallion, Kipling J. ; Despres, Cliff ; Morales, Jafet ; Escobar, Rodrigo ; McAlister, Alfred L. / Text and Mobile Media Smoking Cessation Service for Young Adults in South Texas : Operation and Cost-Effectiveness Estimation. In: Health Promotion Practice. 2017 ; Vol. 18, No. 4. pp. 581-585.
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