Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 324 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Nov-2003
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Study shows strong tobacco control programs and policies can lower smoking rates
In this evaluation of the American Stop Smoking Intervention Study (ASSIST), the authors found that states that were part of the ASSIST intervention program showed a greater reduction in smoking prevalence (the number of people who smoke) than non-ASSIST states. The study also found that states with stronger tobacco control policies and greater ability to implement tobacco control programs experienced larger reductions in smoking.  more

Questions and answers: ASSIST evaluation
At the time of the study (1991-1999), the American Stop Smoking Intervention Study (ASSIST) was the largest government-funded demonstration project to help states develop effective strategies to reduce smoking. In 1991, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, funded 17 state health departments and formed a partnership with the American Cancer Society to undertake the study. Focusing on policy change, the goal of ASSIST was to alter states' social, cultural, economic, and environmental factors that promote smoking.  more


Information for practitioners: Prevention and cessation of cigarette smoking - Control of tobacco use
This summary addresses a specific risk factor, tobacco use, which is associated with a large number of different cancers (and other chronic diseases), and unequivocally contains human carcinogens. The focus of the summary is on clinical interventions by health professionals, that decrease the use of tobacco.  more

Smoking Cessation Monograph 15: Those who continue to smoke
Monograph 15, entitled Those Who Continue to Smoke: Is Achieving Abstinence Harder and Do We Need to Change Our Interventions?, marks the end of an era. It is the last of the original series of Smoking and Tobacco Control Monographs begun in 1991 under the editorial direction of Donald R. Shopland, former coordinator for the Smoking and Tobacco Control Program (STCP) at the National Cancer Institute.  more

Information for patients: The truth about "light" cigarettes - Questions and answers
Many smokers choose "low-tar," "mild," or "light" cigarettes because they think that light cigarettes may be less harmful to their health than "regular" or "full-flavor" cigarettes. After all, the smoke from light cigarettes feels smoother and lighter on the throat and chest—so lights must be healthier than regulars, right? Wrong.  more

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