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Prevalence of tobacco use

  1. International assessment of tobacco use has been strengthened by advent of new survey initiatives.
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  2. Countries are at different stages in the tobacco epidemic.
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  3. Smoking rates are often similar for boys and girls.
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  4. There are many factors that influence smoking initiation among youth.
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Health effects of regular smoking

  1. Tobacco smoking is harmful to health.
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  2. Tobacco use causes health problems in adolescents as well as adults.
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  3. The deleterious health effects of tobacco smoking are global.
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  4. The impact of smoking on lung cancer deaths is particularly striking.
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  5. Tobacco-related morbidity and disability results in a large economic burden.
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Tobacco dependence

  1. Many smokers become dependent on nicotine, an addictive drug found in all tobacco products.
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  2. Adolescent smokers also become dependent on nicotine.
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Seconhand tobacco smoke

  1. Secondhand smoke is a major cause of disease, including lung cancer and coronary heart disease, in nonsmokers.
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  2. Secondhand tobacco smoke causes premature death and disease in children and in adults who do not smoke.
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  3. Children exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke are at an increased risk morbidity and mortality.
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  4. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.
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  5. Nonsmokers can be protected by eliminating indoor smoking.
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Benefits of quitting

  1. Quitting smoking has substantial and immediate benefits for smokers of all ages.
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  2. Mortality is especially reduced by quitting earlier in life.
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