[ARTICLE] Cigarette smoking in adolescents with asthma in Jordan: Impact of peer-led education in high schools

Background: Peer-led smoking prevention programs focus on teaching adolescents—especially those with asthma- who are affected most by cigarettes, refusal skills to lower their intention to smoke. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of a peer-led asthma education program on students who were smokers in terms of self-efficacy to resist smoking, asthma knowledge and asthma-related quality of life.

Conclusion: The prevalence of smoking among high school Jordanian students with asthma, especially males, is alarmingly high, highlighting the need for early intervention. A school-based peer-led asthma and smoking education approach can be effective in motivating students to not smoke. Therefore, nurse educators worldwide, especially who work in youth centers, community, and school health fields, need to be aware of the effectiveness, availability, and possible adoption of such innovative interventions in order to improve overall well-being for adolescents in general and for smokers in specific.

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