The social influences approach to smoking prevention and progress toward an integrated smoking elimination strategy: A critical commentary

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Abstract

It is essential to note that science cannot proceed solely by fads and fashions. If we are to have impact upon smoking, we must cast our information net widely. Priority should be placed upon approaches that address multiple aspects of the smoking epidemic. We should avoid ignoring important parts of the problem. Researchers and applied professionals should begin to collaborate in implementing community interventions. A combination of prevention and cessation is likely to have the greatest impact, and such programming should be strongly encouraged. Research approaches that include several levels from basic hypothesis testing through widespread community application should be enthusiastically supported. The type of model being proposed for smoking prevention and cessation may also be applicable to other forms of drug use. Integrative approaches that combine basic laboratory research and larger scale application should no longer be allowed to slip through the cracks when it comes to funding decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-129
Number of pages17
JournalNIDA Research Monograph Series
VolumeNO. 63
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

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