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Tobacco Control in the 21st Century: A Critical Issue for the Nursing Profession

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Abstract:

Tobacco control is central to reducing death and disability and improving quality of life worldwide and nursing action is imperative. This article addresses tobacco as a global health issue with implications for nursing practice, education, research, and policy development. The lack of knowledge and skills, lack of expectation for clinical intervention, limited research, an absence of professional policies, and minimal nursing leadership have diminished the critical role that nurses can play in confronting this epidemic. Swift action is needed to ensure that all nurses are prepared to effectively engage in activities to prevent tobacco use, provide evidence-based cessation interventions, and support efforts to prevent exposure to secondhand smoke. Increased opportunities are needed to support creative nursing research efforts that test interventions and strategies to reduce barriers to tobacco control within different cultures, subcultures, and countries.

Keywords: NURSING; SMOKING CESSATION; TOBACCO CONTROL; TOBACCO POLICY INTERNATIONAL

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1891/rtnp.19.1.15.66338

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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