An Evidence-Based Practice


A.S.P.I.R.E.(A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience) is a multimedia Web-based teen tobacco prevention and cessation program. ASPIRE uses a multimedia approach which includes interactive activities, videos, animation, and visually appealing graphics, to capture the interest of adolescents, and to educate them on the health risks of smoking and using tobacco. Offering "customized" messages, ASPIRE focuses on both the smoker and the non-smoker. The learning activities are designed to address the individual students' motivation for smoking or not smoking. The program was developed by the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and was funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute.

Goal / Mission

A.S.P.I.R.E aims to reduce teen tobacco use by helping current smokers to quit and preventing non-smokers from beginning to smoke.

Results / Accomplishments

In a preliminary evaluation study, the program was shown to have positive effects. At the 12 month follow-up between intervention (N=603) and control (N=444), significant differences (p.<.05) were found between intervention (0.3) and control (1.0) groups using the Minnesota Smoking Index (MSI) and in temptations to smoke (13.3 vs. 14.9; p.<.05). Significant differences were also found between intervention and control groups in decisional balance (2.0 vs. -2.8; p. = .001) and in self-efficacy to resist smoking (52.0 vs. 47.3; p. = .01).

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Kathleen Hill
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 745-3817
Health / Substance Abuse
Health / Teen & Adolescent Health
Education / School Resources
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
American Public Health Association
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