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Preventing Smoking in Multiethnic Communities

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Objective: To examine community-based efforts to prevent tobacco use among adolescents, compared and contrasted to efforts conducted in schools. Methods: Review effective school-based prevention efforts including the Surgeon General's research reports describing broader based community approaches. Results: By reducing illegal sales, making it physically more difficult to purchase and consume tobacco, promoting nonuse and increasing the price of cigarettes via other policy changes, and using aggressive media spots to complement these community changes, we can shift this focus back to the industry and allied political and economic interests. Conclusion: By adopting specific approaches, further reductions in the stubbornly stable adolescent prevalence rates can be realized.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Division of Health Promotion, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.

Publication date: May 1, 2001

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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