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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
Year Published: 

Ending the Tobacco Problem: A Blueprint for the Nation

Description of Resource: 
Ending the Tobacco Problem generates a blueprint for the Nation in the struggle to reduce tobacco use. The report reviews effective prevention and treatment interventions, and considers a set of new tobacco control policies for adoption by federal and state governments. Carefully constructed with 2 distinct parts, the report first provides background information on the history and nature of tobacco use, developing the context for the policy blueprint proposed in the second half of the report. The report documents the extraordinary growth of tobacco use during the first half of the 20th century as well as its subsequent reversal in the mid-1960s (in the wake of findings from the Surgeon General). It also reviews the addictive properties of nicotine, delving into the factors that make it so difficult for people to quit, and examines recent trends in tobacco use. In addition, an overview of the development of governmental and nongovernmental tobacco control efforts is provided.

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Developed By: 
Institute of Medicine
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Tobacco Use
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Non-Systematic Review
Expert Opinion
Bonnie RJ, Stratton K, Wallace RB, eds., and Committee on Reducing Tobacco Use: Strategies, Barriers, and Consequences, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Ending the Tobacco Problem: A Blueprint for the Nation [Internet]. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2007 May 23 [cited 2013 Jan 21]. Available from: