Addressing the insidious health and financial burden of tobacco use in Missouri: the role of medical and public health professionals

Journal Name: 
Mo Med
Authors: 
Everett,K.D.
Bullock,L.
Longo,D.R.
Abstract: 
Despite the widespread knowledge that tobacco use causes death and debilitating disease, tobacco control efforts in Missouri remain inadequate. No other health issue combines the prevalence, lethality, and neglect of tobacco addiction. This paper discusses comprehensive tobacco-use prevention and cessation programs that could, if implemented, effectively reduce tobacco-related health problems. Successful tobacco control efforts change society by creating an environment in which nonsmoking is the norm and quitting smoking is supported. This paper concludes that it is time for medicine and public health professionals to communicate, collaborate, and assume leadership in reducing the health burden of tobacco use in Missouri
3
2006
Volume: 
103
Pages: 
175-179
Keywords: 
community, Community Medicine, Cost of Illness, Death, Disease, economics, Environment, Family, Health, Health Promotion, Humans, knowledge, Leadership, legislation & jurisprudence, Liability,Legal, medical, Medicine, Missouri, Paper, Prevalence, prevention & control, Public Health, Public Policy, review, Role, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Social Marketing, Time, Tobacco Industry, Tobacco Use Disorder, Universities