Assist (A Stop Smoking in Schools Trial)

Despite the many years it takes for early tobacco use to translate into tobacco-related morbidity later in life, evidence suggests that addiction is usually established during adolescence. Preventing young people from starting smoking is therefore crucial to developing effective tobacco prevention strategies.

The ASSIST (A Stop Smoking In School Trial) programme is a peer-led intervention aimed at promoting smoke-free behaviours among children aged 12-13 years. ASSIST combines a peer-led approach with the diffusion of innovation theory: it encourages the development and dissemination of new norms of smoking behaviour through the training of influential Year 8 students who work as peer supporters.