This study was done to determine the effectiveness of Peer Education Program on the quitting behavior among the 2nd and 3rd year high school student smokers of Lakewood Zamboanga Del Sur. The respondents of this study were 2nd and 3rd year student smokers of 3 Secondary Schools of Lakewood who participated in the 3 months Peer Education Program. There were 71 respondents in this study. Research instruments used were questionnaires administered before and after intervention. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the data gathered. Quit rates were adjusted based on the recommendation of Robertson and colleagues (2000) to correct for possible deception in self-reports of quitting. Results showed a high participation (100%) of the target smoking population. At the end of the 3 months post-intervention, 45% of the research respondents were reported to be quitters and 50% were non-quitters. The remaining 5% were drop-outs. The study revealed that there were 79(15.73%) smoking prevalence out of 502 2nd and 3rd year High School students of Lakewood ZDS. The result of peer education program in this study revealed that 34(50%) out of 64 student smokers remained quit even up to 3 months post intervention thus decreasing smoking prevalence. For future researchers regarding Peer Education Program, the author recommends that the peer education program can be used as a strategy among 2nd and 3rd year High School students for smoking Prevention.
Determine the effectiveness of Peer Education Program on the quitting behavior among the 2nd and 3rd year high school student smokers of Lakewood Zamboanga Del Sur.
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