Accessibility statement

The relative feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of community asset-based approaches versus community non-asset based approaches to smoking prevention and cessation: a systematic review

Asset-based approaches that build on the self-identified strengths of a community are theorised to be more effective for health promotion than non-asset-based approaches, however despite widespread interest there is little evidence to support this. A systematic review of evidence will provide a timely aid to decision making for those responsible for local tobacco control strategies in the current resource-constrained public health environment.

We will systematically conduct a quality-assessed review of the published and unpublished literature reporting any UK-based community approach to tobacco smoking cessation and prevention, including cut-down, primary prevention, relapse prevention and wider tobacco control measures. We will include studies that report any smoking-related outcome or programme / study feasibility or acceptability in any community setting (including schools).

The results of this review will inform local, regional and national tobacco control strategies and community engagement programmes on the process and effectiveness of different community-based designs.


Funder: Cancer Research UK
Start Date: January 2019
Expiry Date: September 2020


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Seeking reviews

Seeking unpublished reviews and reports of smoking-related community interventions, programmes and initiatives

We are undertaking a systematic review of community-based approaches to smoking prevention and cessation, and tobacco control. The project is funded by Cancer Research UK Tobacco Advisory Group (project ID 26768).

We are looking unpublished information about any community-based studies with a smoking or tobacco-related outcome to include in our review. We are particularly interested in identifying studies that were not evaluated, or for which evaluation failed, or may have only partially been implemented, as they are much less likely to be in the published literature. We are looking for studies carried out in the UK and Ireland, some European countries, Scandinavia, USA, Canada and Australia and New Zealand.

We appreciate your help in identifying work. Please feel free to contact either Jackie or Stephanie if you need more information and send any reports or reviews you think might be relevant. Ideally we would like materials by 9th December 2019, but we are happy to receive information after this date.

Thank you for your help.

Dr Jackie Martin-Kerry, Research Fellow
01904 321826 or

Dr Stephanie Prady, Study Lead
01904 321362 or

Public Health and Society Research in the Department of Health Sciences