Cigarette Smoking Among Youth: A Regional Health Problem

  • Richard IsralowitzEmail author
  • Mohammed Afifi
  • Alexander Reznik
  • Steve Sussman
Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)


Tobacco use through cigarette smoking is one of the most important preventable causes of death and disease in the world. The substance has caused 100 million deaths in the twentieth century; it causes more than 5 million deaths per year. On average, smokers die 13–14 years earlier than nonsmokers. Nearly 80 % of the world’s smokers worldwide are from low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest. The burden of death, disease, and disability caused by the use of tobacco products more than outweighs any economic benefits from their manufacture and sale. Secondhand smoke, the smoke from someone using tobacco, kills people who do not smoke. It contains higher concentrations of cancer causing carcinogens than mainstream smoke. This chapter examines the problem of smoking in the Middle East—particularly among Israeli and Palestinian youth and a prevention/cessation intervention to address this important health problem.


Smoking Cessation Secondhand Smoke Mainstream Smoke Global Youth Tobacco Survey Secondhand Smoke Exposure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Isralowitz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mohammed Afifi
    • 2
  • Alexander Reznik
    • 3
  • Steve Sussman
    • 4
  1. 1.Spitzer Department of Social Work, Ben Gurion UniversityBeer ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Substance Abuse Research CenterGazaPalestine
  3. 3.Senior Research AssociateRegional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research (RADAR) Center, Ben Gurion UniversityBeer ShevaIsrael
  4. 4.Department of Preventive Medicine & PsychologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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