This report provides the findings of the process evaluation of the pilot for ASSIST in Scotland. ASSIST is a licensed, peer-led, school-based smoking prevention programme that encourages the dissemination of non-smoking norms by training S1 and S2 students to work as peer supporters.
The key findings from the evaluation are that it is feasible to deliver ASSIST in Scottish schools and that feedback from schools has been very positive. However, given the record low levels of smoking in this age group in Scotland there are questions about the value for money the programme could now deliver outwith areas of deprivation, where smoking levels are relatively higher. The report confirms the value of peer-led programmes in schools and notes that peer-led programmes could benefit other health policies where prevalence is higher.