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We will systematically conduct a quality-assessed review of the published and unpublished literature reporting any UK-based community approach to tobacco smoking cessation and prevention, including cut-down, primary prevention, relapse prevention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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Public Health and Society Research in the Department of Health Sciences