A low-cost, low-intensity contingency management smoking cessation programme with students: Experimental evidence

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Kincaid, Harold
dc.contributor.author Rusch, Olivia
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-06T12:36:18Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-06T12:36:18Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Rusch, O. 2018. A low-cost, low-intensity contingency management smoking cessation programme with students: Experimental evidence. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29362
dc.description.abstract Tobacco consumption is a pressing global issue, leading to more than five million deaths each year. In South Africa, the smoking prevalence rate is stubbornly high, implying that a successful smoking cessation programme could have large social benefits, particularly if it targets young smokers. Contingency management interventions, which provide cash transfers conditional on biochemically-verified abstinence, have been effective in bringing about increased smoking cessation rates. However, contingency management programmes are typically very costly and involve frequent monitoring. This dissertation presents results of randomised controlled trial evaluating a low-cost, low-intensity contingency management smoking cessation programme conducted on a sample of treatment-seeking student smokers at the University of Cape Town in 2017. There is a statistically significant treatment effect, that is robust across multiple specifications, which increases the likelihood of abstinence by 13- 20%. In addition, the programme as a whole decreased the smoking intensity of non-abstainers. This study suggests, therefore, that a low-cost, low-intensity contingency management smoking cessation programme is efficacious in promoting abstinence amongst treatment-seeking students, and that it should be added to the tobacco control toolkit in South Africa.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.other Economics
dc.title A low-cost, low-intensity contingency management smoking cessation programme with students: Experimental evidence
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation
dc.date.updated 2019-02-06T09:23:42Z
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce
dc.publisher.department School of Economics
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MCom


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