IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 1656: A Face-Aging Smoking Prevention/Cessation Intervention for Nursery School Students in Germany: An Appearance-Focused Interventional Study International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph15081656 Authors: Titus J. Brinker Jonas Alfitian Werner Seeger David A. Groneberg Christof von Kalle Alexander H. Enk Felix J. F. Herth Michael Kreuter Claudia M. Bauer Martina Gatzka Janina L. Suhre The Education Against Tobacco (EAT) network delivers smoking prevention advice in secondary schools, typically using the mirroring approach (i.e., a &ldquo;selfie&rdquo; altered with a face-aging app and shared with a class). In November 2017, however, the German assembly of EAT opted to expand its remit to include nursing students. To assess the transferability of the existing approach, we implemented it with the self-developed face-aging app &ldquo;Smokerface&rdquo; (=mixed &minus; methods approach) in six nursing schools. Anonymous questionnaires were used to assess the perceptions of 197 students (age 18&ndash;40 years; 83.8% female; 26.4% smokers; 23.3% daily smokers) collecting qualitative and quantitative data for our cross-sectional study. Most students perceived the intervention to be fun (73.3%), but a minority disagreed that their own animated selfie (25.9%) or the reaction of their peers (29.5%) had motivated them to stop smoking. The impact on motivation not to smoke was considerably lower than experienced with seventh graders (63.2% vs. 42.0%; notably, more smokers also disagreed (45.1%) than agreed (23.5%) with this statement. Agreement rates on the motivation not to smoke item were higher in females than in males and in year 2&ndash;3 than in year 1 students. Potential improvements included greater focus on pathology (29%) and discussing external factors (26%). Overall, the intervention seemed to be appealing for nursing students.
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