Tobacco Use Essay

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Healthy People 2020: Tobacco Use in Adolescents and Young Adults Lori A. Montoya Tacoma Community College Healthy People 2020: Tobacco Use in Adolescents and Young Adults Healthy People 2020 is a government funded program, under the Department of Health and Human Services, that “provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS], 2012, para.1). Because tobacco use in adolescence and young adults continues to have such a negative impact on our nation, Healthy People 2020 have implemented reducing tobacco use in adolescence as one of their objectives. It is estimated that, “more than 700,000 middle school students and three million high school students currently smoke”(DHHS; Office of Adolescent Health, 2014, para.1). This is an important fact because tobacco use is predominantly introduced and established during the adolescent years with, “nearly 90% of adult smokers in the United States began smoking by age 18 years” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2013, para.1). Therefore, preventing and discontinuing adolescent tobacco use is a vital task for nurses to take on in order to improve the health of our nation. This research paper will discuss the impact of tobacco use on the nation, manifestation of tobacco use, complications of tobacco use, and adolescent and young adult education and prevention of tobacco use. The Impact of Tobacco Use on the Nation According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Office of Adolescent Health (2013), “More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol, motor vehicle injuries,... ... middle of paper ... ...tobacco use. The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 32(2), 112–116 National Cancer Institute. (2011, January 12). Harms of smoking and health benefits of quitting. Retrieved from: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Tobacco/cessation U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2012, December 17). About healthy people. Retrieved from: http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/about/default.aspx U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Office of Adolescent Health. (2013, November 06). Preventing and reducing teen tobacco use. Retrieved from: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/substance-abuse/tobacco/ US Department of Health and Human Services; Office of Adolescent Health. (2014, August 26). Trends in adolescent tobacco use. Retrieved from: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/substance-abuse/tobacco/trends.html
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