Please help us develop cessation interventions targeting adolescent smokers and vapers that are optimally adapted to the diverse social contexts in which young people live, learn and work.

Why?

Containment and social distancing measures implemented in response to the health crisis may have contributed to stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms in adolescents(1). These in turn, could exacerbate the withdrawal symptoms often experienced by young smokers trying to quit(2). Although some adolescents benefit from cessation support offered in their school after the confinement, however this kind of assistance is not easily available to those who have dropped out(3, 4).

In the context of reducing smoking-related inequalities, researchers from the Université de Lorraine and the University of Montreal are implementing an innovative research project which collects data from adolescents, practitioners, and researchers in the field of smoking prevention. Our overarching aim is to develop interventions adapted to diverse contexts, which incorporate critical elements that address the needs of adolescents trying to quit.

If you have expertise in this domain and have the interest and time to participate, please join us in the adventure!

1. Tang S, Xiang M, Cheung T, Xiang Y-T. Mental health and its correlates among children and adolescents during COVID-19 school closure: The importance of parent-child discussion. J Affect Disord. 2021 Jan 15;279:353–60.

2. Stanton WR, Lowe JB, Gillespie AM. Adolescents’ experiences of smoking cessation. Drug Alcohol Depend. 1996 Dec 2;43(1–2):63–70.

3. Le Nezet O, Janssen E, Brissot A, Philippon A, Shah J, Chyderiotis S, et al. The 2017 French ESCAPAD survey: a snapshot of tobacco use at the end of adolescence [French]. Bull Epidemiol Hebd. 2018 May 28;

4. Orpinas P, Lacy B, Nahapetyan L, Dube SR, Song X. Cigarette Smoking Trajectories From Sixth to Twelfth Grade: Associated Substance Use and HighSchool Dropout. Nicotine Tob Res Off J Soc Res Nicotine Tob. 2016 Feb;18(2):156–62.

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Methods

To meet the objective of the study, we use the concept mapping method(5),a participatory approach based on a mixed method. The study proceeds as follows: the study participants are first asked to formulate ideas in response to a research question (brainstorming stage) and then to rate and group these ideas according to their own logic (item structuring stage). The data is then analyzed quantitatively using a multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis method. The interpretation of the results (presented in the form of a conceptual map) is then carried out in groups.

5. Trochim WMK. Special Issue: Concept Mapping for Evaluation and Planning An introduction to concept mapping for planning and evaluation. Eval Program Plann. 1989 Jan 1;12(1):1–16.

Data confidentiality

All data will be treated confidentially according to the law in Canada, and the General Data Protection Regulations in Europe.

No information that identifies you will be published.

The research project was approved by the University of Montreal's ethics committee and submitted to the University of Lorraine's Data Protection Officer for validation. The study has been registered with the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés and the Université de Lorraine under the number 2021-155. The University of Lorraine and the University of Montreal will ensure the follow-up of this research.

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