SPHSU leads new ASSIST Global project

The MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit's Professor Sharon Simpson is leading a new project to assess whether A Stop Smoking In Schools Trial (ASSIST) can be adapted from the UK to the Philippines, China and Indonesia.

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The project has received £920k from the MRC.

Professor Laurence Moore also from the SPHSU and Dr Kate Reid from the School of Education and School of Psychology are co-investigators, working with researchers from the University of Stirling, Universitas Gadjah Mada (Jogjakarta), Beijing University, and De La Salle University (Manila).

Previous UK research showed ASSIST, which recruits influential pupils to spread anti-smoking messages among their peers, was effective in preventing adolescent smoking uptake.

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First published: 28 April 2022