Goal 1: Prevention and Treatment of E-Cigarette Use
Currently, there are few evidence based programs and no cessation programs for youth e-cigarette users. Thus, we aim to provide interventions that target both prevention of e-cigarette use among students and provide treatment options for students to quit e-cigarette use. Below we detail our programs that include both large scale school wide interventions, such as “Nicotine Free & Win” and individualized treatment programs such as “Quit Nicotine” and “CBT4CBT.”
1. Nicotine Free and Win
In four local Connecticut schools, we are developing a program called “Nicotine Free and Win”. This is a school-wide, year-long program in which students can pledge to be nicotine free. During the school year following a pep rally introducing the program, monthly drawings will be conducted of students who have made a pledge to be nicotine free. Students whose names have been drawn can win prizes if they are able to verify being nicotine free. Students can choose to make a pledge to be nicotine free at any point during the school year. Throughout the school year, we will host educational sessions, volunteer opportunities, and contests for students in which they can develop posters, op-eds, and other materials to encourage being nicotine free.
For more information about Nicotine Free and Win please contact:
Heather LaVallee, LMFT
2. Quit Nicotine Program
High school aged regular e-cigarette users will be eligible to participate in our Quit Nicotine Program in which we utilized a treatment using behavioral reinforcement strategies known as contingency management for the purposes of reducing nicotine use. High schoolers will be assigned to one of two groups. Group 1 will receive a combination of contingency management and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Group 1 will receive reinforcements for being nicotine free and they will also receive weekly CBT counseling. Group 2 will receive reinforcements for attending their CBT sessions and receive CBT.
For more information about Quit Nicotine Program please contact:
Heather LaVallee, LMFT
Our third program aimed at providing e-cigarette treatments is the development of a program called CBT4CBT, which has been well-established as an efficacious treatment of alcohol use disorder and substance use disorders. This program is conducted online and consists of a variety of treatment modules in which skills are developed to target behaviors associated with substance use. We plan to conduct focus group testing with high schoolers to develop these programs and test this intervention with a small group of high school youth. For more information, please visit the CBT4CBT website.
For more information about CBT4CBT please contact:
Phone: 203-937-3486 Ext.7415