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Title: A theater production to promote a smoke-free life to secondary students
Authors: Loke, AY 
Mak, YW 
Wu, CST 
Wong, YT 
Keywords: Peer-led program
Smoke-free life
Student health ambassadors
Theater production
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Source: Primary health care research and development, 2019, v. 20, e102, p. 1-9 How to cite?
Journal: Primary health care research and development 
Abstract: Background: Peer-led school-based anti-smoking programs have been shown to affect the smoking behaviors of students. The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a school-based peer-led live theater production advocating a smoke-free life.
Methods: This is a cross-section design study. Students from the drama club were recruited as School Health Ambassadors (SHAs). The SHAs were to involve in a theater production in advocating a smoke-free life, and were provided a health education workshop from the project team on facts relating to smoking and smoke-free life. All the students in the school were to watch the theater production as school peer audience members (SPAs). Comparison will be made between the two groups of students in their attitude and decision towards living a smoke-free life after being involved in the theater production or in watching the drama.
Results: A total of 409 students, 21 SHAs, and 388 SPAs were included in the project. Both the SHAs and the SPAs reported confidently about their ability to resist offers or temptation to smoke, and were determined to live a smoke-free life and refrain from smoking the first cigarette.
Conclusions: A peer-led theater production advocating a smoke-free life shows some effects on students' attitude and decision to resist offers and the temptation to smoke, and to come to the decision to live a smoke-free life and refrain from smoking the first cigarette.
ISSN: 1463-4236
DOI: 10.1017/S1463423619000367
Rights: © The Author(s) 2019. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The following publication Loke AY, Mak Y, Wu CT,Wong Y. (2019) A theater production to promotea smoke-free life to secondary students.Primary Health Care Research & Development20(e102): 1–9 is available at
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