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Participant perceptions of an individualised physical activity anti-smoking intervention

Clare Hanlon (Institute of Sport Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia)
Tony Morris (Institute of Sport Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia)
Grant Anthony O’Sullivan (Institute of Sport Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Article publication date: 2 January 2018




The purpose of this paper is to explore a health program comprising the individual experiences, successes and setbacks of adults in an individually tailored, community-based smoking intervention and physical activity program. The program incorporated physical activity consultation (PAC) and phone support from the well-established Quit smoking cessation program, and in partnership with Melton City Council, Victoria, Australia.


Expert facilitators in PAC led the intervention. The program was titled “ActivePlus” and the intervention was conducted for eight weeks. Post-program facilitator guidance continued for three weeks and follow-up on participants was conducted at week 24. Five participants continued to week 24 and were interviewed. Three case descriptions were chosen as a sample to analyse using descriptive content analysis to illustrate the range of experiences, successes and setbacks reported by these individual participants.


Smoking reduction/cessation results varied among cases, but increases in PA were sustained. Participants valued the expert support of PAC facilitators, though usage and appraisal of Quit telephone smoking cessation services was mixed. The individually tailored PAC was valued by participants, who felt it also contributed to their smoking reduction/cessation goals.

Practical implications

In future, the intervention would benefit from the same ongoing support in smoking cessation as the PAC. Practitioners should consider the benefit of including PAC in smoking cessation interventions. However, such interventions should be individually tailored and include facilitation by a PAC and a smoking cessation expert.


Few studies have looked at completely individualised smoking cessation interventions using PAC. The current study also addresses the recommendations of previous research to investigate the use of more intense PA intervention supported by expert PAC facilitation.



The authors would like to acknowledge the Melton City Council who funded this research and Quit Victoria who provided in-kind support. The work was supported by funding from Melton City Council.


Hanlon, C., Morris, T. and O’Sullivan, G.A. (2018), "Participant perceptions of an individualised physical activity anti-smoking intervention", Health Education, Vol. 118 No. 1, pp. 82-95.



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