Nursing Paper on Tobacco Abuse Control Interventions

Tobacco Abuse Control Interventions

Important Aspects

The article “Interventions for Adolescent Substance Abuse: An Overview of Systematic Reviews” by Jai Das and Rahana Salem presents an overview of some of the effects to the excessive use of tobacco among adolescents and some of the interventions put in place by different organizations to reduce the intensity of the vice. The article points out that tobacco abuse, through the excessive consumption of cigarettes, has led to an increase in the number of premature deaths among young adults and adolescents. The rate of smoking has been said to be decreasing in the developing counties and some of the western Pacific regions. However, approximately 4% of the global diseases have been attributed to the habit (Das et al., 2016). Additionally, the article articulates that substance abuse has diverse and cumulative effects on individual, communities, and family life of the user that contribute to physical, social, and mental complications.

Aspects that Support the Use of Medically Supervised Injection Centers Of Iv Drug Abuse

The article suggests different interventions that can be implemented to help in reducing the intensity of tobacco abuse among the adolescent population. Some of them include multicomponent, school-based, policy level, and family-based interventions, incentives, digital platforms. Of these, the use of digital platforms and school-based methods greatly support the use of medically supervised Injection centers as they promote education programs and sensitization on the effects of using tobacco product to human health (Kandel, Griesler & Hu, 2015). For instance, the use of digital media has helped in reducing the number of campaigns that promote the use of tobacco products such as cigarettes through intensifying educational and training programs that teach the youth on the effect of different tobacco product to both their health and that of the community. Essentially, in 2015 Facebook conducted more than 200 campaigns that were designed help the youth in understanding the risks of consuming tobacco products and the long term effects they bring forth.

Controversial Aspects of the Interventions

Although the use of the digital platform  has promoted the decrease in the use of tobacco related products through increasing anti-tobacco consumption techniques and messages, it has equally increased the marketing strategies for companies manufacturing these commodities. Furthermore, most of these institutions have developed websites that they use to inform their customers of new products and how they can purchase them. While some educational facilities play a critical role in explaining to the adolescent population the effects of drugs, they have been identified as some of the factors that promote drug abuse among students. Most of the addicts state that they started using drugs, such as tobacco, before they attained 18 years and were introduced to them by their friends in school. Therefore, schools are not doing enough to discourage the use of these harmful substances (Kandel, Griesler & Hu, 2015).

Smoking Cessation Programs

The different smoking cessation programs developed over the years have helped in reducing the frequency of consumption of drugs among the adolescent population, particularly in the developed countries. For instance, interventions, such as school and family-based interventions, help in ensuring that teenagers are monitored and taught the impacts of these substances on both the individual and community health (Das et al., 2016).

Use Tobacco Products in Low Socioeconomic Areas

Most of the people living in low socioeconomic areas prefer using tobacco products due to their availability and affordability. In most countries, the substance is legal (thoug restricted) and hence people can grow and process it to an extent. It is why of the tobacco products are cheaper and more available compared to other prohibited drugs such as cocaine. Equally, these products provide a high level of stimulation that is similar to the other harmful drugs.  Lastly, the product is a strong stimulant, mush as the more harmful drugs, hence it is more preferred than the rest.



Das, J., Salam, R., Arshad, A., Finkelstein, Y., & Bhutta, Z. (2016). Interventions for Adolescent Substance Abuse: An Overview of Systematic Reviews. Retrieved from

Kandel, D. B., Griesler, P. C., & Hu, M. C. (2015). Intergenerational patterns of smoking and nicotine dependence among US adolescents. American journal of public health105(11), e63-e72.