Reducing Tobacco Use: A Report of the Surgeon General

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HHS Non-systematic Review

Source: Office of the Surgeon General

Last Reviewed: 2000

Workgroups: Tobacco Use Workgroup

This report summarizes effective ways to reduce tobacco use. It also looks at evidence and differing opinions on implementing these approaches, including successes with:

  • Multipart, school-based education programs, carried out with community-based campaigns
  • Clinical tools and systems to help people who already smoke manage nicotine addiction 
  • Regulation of tobacco products
  • Enforcing clean air standards
  • Protecting young people from becoming addicted

This report shows that we can reduce the harmful outcomes linked to tobacco use without serious economic harms.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Surgeon General. (2000). Reducing tobacco use: A report of the Surgeon General. Retrieved from