Preventing cancer by controlling youth tobacco use

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Publication Date


Document Type



Adolescent; Adolescent Behavior; Advertising as Topic; Attitude to Health; Child; Child Behavior; Commerce; *Health Education; Humans; Lung Neoplasms; *Nurse's Role; Nursing Methodology Research; Risk Factors; *Smoking; *Tobacco Use Disorder; United States


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Neoplasms | Pediatrics | Preventive Medicine | Primary Care | Public Health and Community Nursing | Substance Abuse and Addiction


OBJECTIVES: To review the epidemiology and prevention of teen smoking and the risks of smoking among survivors of childhood cancer.

DATA SOURCES: Research articles, government reports, and surveys.

CONCLUSION: Nicotine dependence often begins with the first few cigarettes smoked during adolescence. Teen tobacco use is fueled by the attractive social images that tobacco companies create for their products. Curtailing the sale of tobacco to minors and increasing their price decreases availability. Banning smoking in schools and public places reduces smoking opportunities.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Nurses have an important role to play in the battle against tobacco-induced malignancies through collaboration with community efforts or state initiatives.

DOI of Published Version



Semin Oncol Nurs. 2003 Nov;19(4):261-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/j.soncn.2003.08.003

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Seminars in oncology nursing

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