N-O-T Cited as Model Program

WVU plan helps youth quit tobacco

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –The Not on Tobacco (N-O-T) program was recently recognized as a Model Program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

N-O-T, developed at West Virginia University, is a 10-session smoking cessation program designed for teens ages 14-19. Almost 50,000 teens in 48 states have participated in the program since 1998. About one in five of the teens who participate in the program quit smoking.

SAMSHA designates Model Programs in the areas of substance abuse, mental health problems, and HIV/AIDS. SAMSHA has reviewed more than 1,000 programs, and only about 60 have been sufficiently scientifically validated to earn this level of approval.

N-O-T is the first West Virginia program to achieve Model Program status.

Co-developed by Kimberly Horn, Ed.D., and Geri Dino, Ph.D., researchers in the Centers for Public Health Research and Training at WVU, N-O-T is designed to help young people stop smoking, reduce the number of cigarettes smoked, increase healthy lifestyle behaviors, and improve their life-management skills.  N-O-T also provides guidance for exercise and good nutrition. Designed with youth in mind, the program addresses self-management and stimulus control, social skills and social influences, stress management, relapse prevention, techniques to manage nicotine withdrawal, weight management, and peer pressure.

N-O-T was adopted by the American Lung Association in 1998. More than 700 professionals in West Virginia have been trained by the ALA of West Virginia to conduct N-O-T sessions, and the program is available in almost every public high school in the state.  For more information see:  www.modelprograms.samhsa.gov or http://www.alawv.org/ .

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For more information:
Kimberly Horn, EdD—(304) 293-0268

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