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Adolescent Tobacco Use: The Role of Tobacco Litigation on Cessation vs. Prevention.

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Smoking has been identified as the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Approximately 50 million Americans smoke. Nearly 3 million United States teenagers smoke. Approximately 3,000 teenagers a day become regular smokers and one-third of them will die prematurely of a smoking-related disease (USDHHS 1990). Adolescent tobacco use and the subsequent health problems are a major concern in American society. The Institute of Medicine has declared tobacco use a pediatric epidemic. Ninety percent of regular smokers begin before the age of 19 and 60 percent begin before the age of 14 (USDHHS 1989). Public health officials agree that abstinence from using tobacco products is the best policy. Given the prevalence of tobacco use by adolescents how does cessation or reduction programs measure up against prevention programs? This paper examines the current philosophies behind adolescent tobacco cessation and reduction programs versus prevention programs. In addition it examines how the recent tobacco litigation settlement focuses attention on the role of law in abetting the cessation vs. prevention debate.
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Williams, Francis. "Adolescent Tobacco Use: The Role of Tobacco Litigation on Cessation vs. Prevention." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, Renaissance Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, May 27, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p117033_index.html>

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Williams, F. M. , 2004-05-27 "Adolescent Tobacco Use: The Role of Tobacco Litigation on Cessation vs. Prevention." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, Renaissance Hotel, Chicago, Illinois <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p117033_index.html

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Abstract: Smoking has been identified as the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Approximately 50 million Americans smoke. Nearly 3 million United States teenagers smoke. Approximately 3,000 teenagers a day become regular smokers and one-third of them will die prematurely of a smoking-related disease (USDHHS 1990). Adolescent tobacco use and the subsequent health problems are a major concern in American society. The Institute of Medicine has declared tobacco use a pediatric epidemic. Ninety percent of regular smokers begin before the age of 19 and 60 percent begin before the age of 14 (USDHHS 1989). Public health officials agree that abstinence from using tobacco products is the best policy. Given the prevalence of tobacco use by adolescents how does cessation or reduction programs measure up against prevention programs? This paper examines the current philosophies behind adolescent tobacco cessation and reduction programs versus prevention programs. In addition it examines how the recent tobacco litigation settlement focuses attention on the role of law in abetting the cessation vs. prevention debate.

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