Tax increases, smoke-free workplaces and increased insurance coverage add encouragement for smokers to quit. For smokers, quitting is the biggest step they can take to improve their health. Policy-based interventions can encourage smokers to quit and help them succeed. Among the recommendations to harness public policies that encourage smokers to quit:
With the Federal Drug Administration’s new (June 2009) authority to regulate tobacco products and marketing practices, the authors of this article also suggest a number of areas for enhanced activity by the FDA. These suggestions include baring the sale of flavored tobacco products that are attractive to youth; requiring scientific proof by companies marketing brands as less harmful or “safer;” and requiring rigorous product testing on nontobacco nicotine delivery products.
This article is part of a special issue on tobacco cessation in the March 2010 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.