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Nicotine Tob Res. 2003 Aug;5(4):435-54.

Youth tobacco control research and activities in the United States: the current national landscape.

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  • 1MGH Center for Child and Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Boston, MA 02114, USA.


This paper highlights the increasing level of collaboration, resource sharing, and consensus building in youth tobacco control taking place in the United States. Better knowledge of current research, activities, and collaborations in this area will help in the planning of activities and the rational allocation of funds for tobacco control programs, research, advocacy, and the counter-advertising activities. We defined three general classifications for organizations that had national youth tobacco control activities: Government centers and institutes, government organizations, and bridging organizations. We asked national experts in our own organization and all other included organizations to suggest additional groups for inclusion. After gathering available public information on each organization from Web sites and printed materials, we than solicited additional information by personal communication with individuals in leadership positions for youth tobacco control within each group. We developed a uniform framework to present a clear picture of each group in the areas of institutional conception, general goals, youth tobacco control research, and youth tobacco control activities. The tables provide a helpful reference guide presenting the institutional conception, goals, funding for research, activities, and Web sites for the institutions and organizations discussed here. Many groups have current youth tobacco control priorities in the United States. This synthesis of current research, funding sources, programmatic activities, and collaborations in the United States will be a valuable resource for clinicians, tobacco control advocates, researchers, and program planners.

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