Preventing Cancer by Ending Tobacco Use

Chapter
Part of the Statistics for Biology and Health book series (SBH, volume 79)

Abstract

Tobacco use is the leading cause of cancer and many other diseases. For over 50 years, it has been known that prevention of tobacco use would prevent millions of deaths, yet tobacco use remains stubbornly persistent. Progressively more restrictive tobacco control measures that are mainly aimed at changing the smoking behaviour of individuals have slowed the progress of the tobacco epidemic somewhat. Tobacco companies have become expert in adapting to tobacco control measures and neutralizing or mitigating their effect. The profit-seeking motivation that directs corporate behaviour will likely lead to their continuing adaptive behaviour in the future. A continued focus on smokers, characteristic of many current tobacco control measures, may slow the progress of the tobacco epidemic but is unlikely to bring it to an end. In the future, in addition to more and more effective measures that will influence individual behaviour, tobacco control will need to be expanded to include measures directed at changing the ways tobacco suppliers do business.

Keywords

Europe Smoke Parkin Malone Monopoly 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physicians for a Smoke-Free CanadaOttawaCanada

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