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A Stop Smoking in Schools Trial (ASSIST)

A peer support program to reduce the uptake of smoking among young adolescents.

A Stop Smoking in Schools Trial (ASSIST) is a smoking prevention intervention based on an informal, educational, peer-led approach. Influential students nominated by their peers are trained by health promotion trainers for two days on the risks of smoking, the benefits of remaining smoke-free, and skills for promoting non-smoking among their peers. The trained students then use informal contacts with peers over a 10-week period to promote non-smoking and keep a diary record of these conversations.

Learn more about our Model and Promising programs.


Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
University of Colorado Boulder
Institute of Behavioral Science
UCB 483, Boulder, CO 80309


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Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is
currently funded by Arnold Ventures (formerly the Laura and John Arnold Foundation) and historically has received funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.