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European progress in working towards a tobacco-free generation.

  • Academic Journal
  • Been JV; Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Erasmus MC Sophia Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands. j.been@erasmusmc.nl.; Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Erasmus MC Sophia Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands. j.been@erasmusmc.nl.; Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands. j.been@erasmusmc.nl.
    Laverty AA; Public Health Policy Evaluation Unit, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London, UK.
    Tsampi A; Department of Transboundary Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands.
    Filippidis FT; Public Health Policy Evaluation Unit, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London, UK.
  • European journal of pediatrics [Eur J Pediatr] 2021 Dec; Vol. 180 (12), pp. 3423-3431. Date of Electronic Publication: 2021 May 25.
  • English
  • Children have the right to grow up free from the hazards associated with tobacco smoking. Tobacco smoke exposure can have detrimental effects on children's health and development, from before birth and beyond. As a result of effective tobacco control policies, European smoking rates are steadily decreasing among adults, as is the proportion of adolescents taking up smoking. Substantial variation however exists between countries, both in terms of smoking rates and regarding implementation, comprehensiveness and enforcement of policies to address smoking and second-hand smoke exposure. This is important because comprehensive tobacco control policies such as smoke-free legislation and tobacco taxation have extensively been shown to carry clear health benefits for both adults and children. Additional policies such as increasing the legal age to buy tobacco, reducing the number of outlets selling tobacco, banning tobacco display and advertising at the point-of-sale, and introducing plain packaging for tobacco products can help reduce smoking initiation by youth. At societal level, health professionals can play an important role in advocating for stronger policy measures, whereas they also clearly have a duty to address smoking and tobacco smoke exposure at the patient level. This includes providing cessation advise and referring to effective cessation services.Conclusion: Framing of tobacco exposure as a child right's issue and of comprehensive tobacco control as a tool to work towards the ultimate goal of reaching a tobacco-free generation can help accelerate European progress to curb the tobacco epidemic. What is Known: • Tobacco exposure is associated with a range of adverse health effects among babies and children. • Comprehensive tobacco control policies helped bring down smoking rates in Europe and benefit child health. What is New: • Protecting the rights and health of children provides a strong starting point for tobacco control advocacy. • The tobacco-free generation concept helps policy-makers set clear goals for protecting future generations from tobacco-associated harms.
    (© 2021. The Author(s).)
Additional Information
Publisher: Springer Verlag Country of Publication: Germany NLM ID: 7603873 Publication Model: Print-Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1432-1076 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 03406199 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Eur J Pediatr Subsets: MEDLINE
Publication: Berlin : Springer Verlag
Original Publication: Berlin, New York, Springer-Verlag.
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Keywords: Child; Europe; Smoke-free policy; Smoking; Smoking cessation; Tobacco
0 (Tobacco Smoke Pollution)
Date Created: 20210525 Date Completed: 20211116 Latest Revision: 20220218
20221216
PMC8589739
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