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Tobacco Control Monograph Series: public health issues in smoking and tobacco use control

The Issue

Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. Tobacco and smoking attribute to at least one-third of all cancer deaths. One in every five deaths is due to the effect of tobacco use.

In 2002, about 170,000 people will die of cancer because of their use of tobacco products. This number represents at least 30% of all estimated cancer deaths in the United States.*

*Cancer Facts and Figures 2002, American Cancer Society

The Tobacco Control Monographs (Reports)

The National Cancer Institute established the Tobacco Control Monograph series (formerly called the Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph series) in 1991 to provide ongoing and timely information about emerging public health issues in smoking and tobacco use control.

The series reduces the time between availability of information from research projects and the publication and wide dissemination of this information, and enhances the rapidity with which NCI can use findings from research trials to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality.

Ordering Information

Many of the tobacco monographs can be ordered by calling the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or visiting NCI's Publications Locator Web site.

Monographs 1-19 can also be viewed online in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Use the links below to view or order the tobacco monographs.

Monograph 19: The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use (August 2008)
Monograph 18: Greater Than the Sum: Systems Thinking in Tobacco Control (May 2007)
Public health policy can be affected by a systems approach to tobacco control.
Monograph 17: Evaluating ASSIST – A Blueprint for Understanding State-level Tobacco Control (October 2006)
Evaluation of American Stop Smoking Intervention Study for Cancer Prevention
Monograph 16: ASSIST – Shaping the Future of Tobacco Prevention and Control (May 2005)
Implementation of American Stop Smoking Intervention Study for Cancer Prevention
Monograph 15: Those Who Continue To Smoke (September 2003)
Is Achieving Abstinence from Smoking Harder and Do We Need to Change Our Interventions?
Monograph 14: Changing Adolescent Smoking Prevalence (November 2001)
The authors report some progress toward reducing adolescent smoking and tobacco use and also highlight areas for improved efforts.
Monograph 13: Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine (October 2001)
Smoking light and low tar brands do not reduce the public health’s burden from smoking.
Monograph 12: Population Based Smoking Cessation (November 2000)
Assess the effects of tobacco control programs or public policy changes on smoking behavior.
Monograph 11: State and Local Legislative Action to Reduce Tobacco Use (June 2000)
All known local tobacco control ordinances in the US that have one or more of the following provisions—clean indoor air, youth access, or restrictions on tobacco advertising and promotion.
Monograph 10: Health Effects of Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (August 1999)
Broad review of Environmental Tobacco Smoke.
Monograph 9: Cigars: Health Effects and Trends (February 1998)
Identifies upward trend in cigar use as potential serious public health problem.
Monograph 8: Changes in Cigarette-Related Disease Risks and Their Implications for Prevention and Control (February 1997)
Monograph 7: The FTC Cigarette Test Method for Determining Nicotine, and Carbon Monoxide Yields for U.S. Cigarettes: Report of the NCI Expert Committee
Monograph 6: Community-Based Interventions for Smokers: The COMMIT Field Experience (August 1995)
Monograph 5: Tobacco and the Clinician: Interventions for Medical and Dental Practice
(January 1994)
Monograph 4: Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking: Lung Cancer and Other Disorders: The Report of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (August 1993)
Monograph 3: Major Local Tobacco Control Ordinances in the United States (May 1993)
Monograph 2: Smokeless Tobacco or Health: An International Perspective (September 1992)
Monograph 1: Strategies to Control Tobacco Use In the United States: A Blueprint for Public Health Action In the 1990's (December 1991)

Last Updated: August 12, 2008


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