Date of Award


Level of Access Assigned by Author

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Mary Ellen Symanski

Second Committee Member

Nancy Fishwick

Third Committee Member

Mark Jackson


The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that a stage-matched intervention will increase student smokers' readiness to quit smoking and progress in stage of behavior change. Forty-one University of Maine students, who were current smokers aged 18-24 years old, were recruited to participate in the study and were systematically divided into the experimental group and the control group. Participants' stage of change in smoking cessation was assessed, and different interventions were used to communicate with participants in the experimental group during the fall semester of This study illustrated the dynamics of behavioral change and the challenge of promoting smoking cessations among college students. The study can provide some insights about the potential advantages and drawbacks of a stage-based smoking cessation program on a college campus.