Policy interventions and surveillance as strategies to prevent tobacco use in adolescents and young adults

Am J Prev Med. 2007 Dec;33(6 Suppl):S335-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2007.09.014.


Tobacco-policy interventions are designed to change the environment with the ultimate goal of preventing young people from beginning to smoke or reducing the likelihood that they will accelerate and solidify their smoking patterns. Several studies show that smoking bans in the home, at school, at work, and in the community are associated with less progression to smoking, less consolidation of experimental into regular smoking, and more quitting among adolescents and young adults. Randomized community trials and cohort studies support an association between enforcement of youth access laws against businesses and lower adolescent smoking rates. Several decades of studies provide evidence that increasing cigarette price through excise taxes reduces smoking among adolescents and young adults, who are particularly price-sensitive. Ongoing surveillance of tobacco-use behaviors in adolescents and young adults is essential for monitoring smoking patterns and evaluating tobacco policies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Humans
  • Population Surveillance
  • Public Policy*
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Smoking Cessation / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Taxes / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control
  • United States / epidemiology


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution