Public policy as a smoking cessation tool: A framework for discussion
Tobacco control often is divided into the goals of prevention, cessation and protection of non-smokers. We pay lip service to the notion that progress toward each of these goals is best achieved through a comprehensive approach comprised of policy and legislation, education and programmes. Yet differentiation of primary approaches to each goal persists. Cessation has been discussed almost exclusively outside the realm of public policy, and yet policy approaches are the most effective way of achieving broad-based reductions in tobacco use. The result is that progress in cessation has been much slower than it could and should be. If we are to make significant future gains in cessation, a broader view of the interventions that affect cessation must emerge. This paper is an attempt to stimulate discussion of new perspectives on how we help smokers quit.
KeywordsFormaldehyde Benzene Arsenic Nicotine Carbon Monoxide
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