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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

What should we do to promote smoking cessation among the young people in Asia?

Abu Saleh Abdullah, MD., PhD, Department of International Health, Boston University School of Public Health, 85 East Concord Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02118

Objective:Methods:Results: Tobacco smoking is a significant health problem among young people. With the growing epidemic in many Asian countries (ie. China, India, Vietnam) the problem of youth smoking is even worse in Asia. The prevalence of smoking in young people has not declined as fast as it has in adults and the proportion of young women smokers is increasing. While young smokers are at risk of adverse health consequences from tobacco smoking, there is evidence that young smokers can quit smoking and benefit from abstinence. Although, several smoking cessation programmes targetting youth were initiated over the last decade, the effectiveness of such programs was limited. One of the main reasons for such is the single approach intervention and lack of tailored intervention. Smoking cessation programme for young people should include a multicomponent intervention approach which should also focus on establishing a good rapport with this population group. The programme should also address peer influence, easy accessibility of tobacco products, inappropriate attitudes of young people towards smoking cessation, perceived barriers and benefits of quitting and confidentiality issues. The presentation will discuss different aspects of these in details.