Smokeless Tobacco Use Prevention

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Happy familySmokeless tobacco prevention efforts should begin before the median age of initiation (12 years old) and continue through early adulthood (Hatsukami and Severson 1999). The following recommendations for school and community programs could be adapted to primary care:

  • Prevention efforts should be put in the context of alcohol, cigarette, and drug use prevention.
  • Parents should be educated about the impact their tobacco use and beliefs have on their children.
  • Adolescents should be made more aware of negative health effects and addictive properties of smokeless tobacco.
  • Adolescents should be educated on peer influences, taught that tobacco use is not common, and taught peer refusal skills.

    (Hatsukami and Severson 1999)

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Hatsukami DK, Severson HH. Oral spit tobacco: addiction, prevention and treatment. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 1999; 1(1): 21-44.