Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


New online tool to quit smoking

05 June 2012, 09:03

 StopAdvisor is a new web-based smoking cessation program, which takes smokers from preparation for the target quit date to the quit date itself.

It achieves this by offering expert advice through a combination of interactive menus and personalised sessions. Post quit date, it encourages users to report important information that the program will use to help them overcome the difficulties they encounter along the way.

How the research was done

In their study Robert West and Susan Michie from University College London and collaborators describe the development process of the StopAdvisor intervention. Their work appears online in Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research, published by Springer.

Since smoking remains the largest single preventable cause of premature death and illness worldwide, there is a pressing need to find better ways to help smokers to quit. The internet has huge potential and is extremely cost-effective, i.e. low cost per user.

StopAdvisor is the result of the analysis and synthesis of 19 theoretical principles, 33 evidence- or theory-based behaviour change techniques, 26 web-design principles and nine principles from user-testing. It is designed to be attractive and effective across social groups. In order to make StopAdvisor relevant to all social groups, user-testing was conducted among less educated smokers in lower paid jobs, a group notoriously difficult to reach and engage.

What is unique about the research team's approach is the use of an open-source web-development platform (LifeGuide), which allowed the researchers to test individual elements of their intervention and adjust them as they went along, based on user and researcher feedback throughout the development phase.

The authors comment: "To our knowledge, this is the first attempt to be fully transparent about the content and development of a population-reach behaviour change intervention."

The paper describes the development process of the StopAdvisor intervention and provides a full description of how the intervention works. Its effectiveness is currently being evaluated in a randomised controlled trial (the highest level of evidence for a scientific study). The authors have made a commitment to continue incrementally developing and building the technology as a community of researchers.

- EurekAlert

Tags smoking

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...