Nicotine addiction: Implications for public health policy

Stephen J. Heishman, Lynn T. Kozlowski, Jack E. Henningfield

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Although the morbidity and mortality caused by cigarette smoking occur in adulthood, the initiation of tobacco use and the development of nicotine addiction typically occur during adolescence. The purpose of this paper is to examine the determinants of nicotine addiction, focusing on the development of addiction in youth, and to explore implications for public health policy. An understanding of the pharmacological and nonpharmacological factors that determine the course of nicotine addiction is critical in developing rational policies regarding tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration's rule to regulate cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products is discussed. The fact that smokers typically make the transition from casual use to nicotine addiction during adolescence argues for developing and implementing effective prevention efforts and smoking cessation treatment programs that are youth-oriented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-33
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1997

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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