Tobacco Industry Youth Smoking Prevention Programs: Protecting the Industry and Hurting Tobacco Control

Tobacco Industry Youth Smoking Prevention Programs: Protecting the Industry and Hurting Tobacco... Objectives . This report describes the history, true goals, and effects of tobacco industry–sponsored youth smoking prevention programs. Methods . We analyzed previously-secret tobacco industry documents. Results . The industry started these programs in the 1980s to forestall legislation that would restrict industry activities. Industry programs portray smoking as an adult choice and fail to discuss how tobacco advertising promotes smoking or the health dangers of smoking. The industry has used these programs to fight taxes, clean-indoor-air laws, and marketing restrictions worldwide. There is no evidence that these programs decrease smoking among youths. Conclusions . Tobacco industry youth programs do more harm than good for tobacco control. The tobacco industry should not be allowed to run or directly fund youth smoking prevention programs. Related articles in AJPH: Tobacco and the Media Jennifer Ellis and Mary E. Northridge AJPH 2002 92: 895. Extract Full Text http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Public Health American Public Health Association

Tobacco Industry Youth Smoking Prevention Programs: Protecting the Industry and Hurting Tobacco Control

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American Public Health Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 by the American Public Health Association
ISSN
0090-0036
eISSN
1541-0048
DOI
10.2105/AJPH.92.6.917
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Abstract

Objectives . This report describes the history, true goals, and effects of tobacco industry–sponsored youth smoking prevention programs. Methods . We analyzed previously-secret tobacco industry documents. Results . The industry started these programs in the 1980s to forestall legislation that would restrict industry activities. Industry programs portray smoking as an adult choice and fail to discuss how tobacco advertising promotes smoking or the health dangers of smoking. The industry has used these programs to fight taxes, clean-indoor-air laws, and marketing restrictions worldwide. There is no evidence that these programs decrease smoking among youths. Conclusions . Tobacco industry youth programs do more harm than good for tobacco control. The tobacco industry should not be allowed to run or directly fund youth smoking prevention programs. Related articles in AJPH: Tobacco and the Media Jennifer Ellis and Mary E. Northridge AJPH 2002 92: 895. Extract Full Text

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American Journal of Public HealthAmerican Public Health Association

Published: Jun 1, 2002

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