Tobacco control policies

Semin Oncol Nurs. 2003 Nov;19(4):291-300. doi: 10.1053/j.soncn.2003.08.007.


Objectives: To review and summarize tobacco control policies, their impact in curbing the tobacco epidemic, and to describe a role for nursing advocacy.

Data sources: Published articles and research studies.

Conclusion: Comprehensive tobacco control policy is one of the most effective mechanisms to prevent tobacco-related cancers and other illnesses. The World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and the Master Settlement Agreement in the United States have provided new opportunities for tobacco control. Nursing participation in the policy process can expand and strengthen these policies' activities.

Implications for nursing practice: Involvement in tobacco control should be integral to oncology nursing efforts to prevent cancer, promote health, and quality of life.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / etiology
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Oncology Nursing / standards*
  • Public Health / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Public Policy*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Social Control, Formal
  • Tobacco Industry / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Tobacco Use Cessation / methods*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / prevention & control*
  • United States
  • World Health Organization