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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan Levy, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This is a landmark publication that integrates state-of-the-art social science behavioral and clinical research on tobacco with public policy and a clear prevention agenda for priority issues, targeting youth.
Purpose: The book is a result of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identifying a priority need for studying prevention of nicotine addiction in children and youths. A prestigious list of funders and scientific experts created a book which reviews and evaluates the scientific literature on the epidemiology of nicotine addiction and primary and secondary prevention; reviews the environmental, social and policy enabling factors and important grass roots programs; and sets a research and policy agenda.
Audience: The potential audience for this book includes policymakers at all levels, all school personnel, medical and legal professionals, and clinical and behavioral scientists. The committee responsible for this IOM report consists of only outstanding and knowledgeable people in their related disciplines.
Features: The book is appropriately illustrated, superbly and clearly referenced, and up-to-date. The book is easy to read for such material and all research is beautifully synthesized and integrated with policy needs and future research recommendations.
Assessment: This is a book that can serve as an excellent reference for personal use or public policy. Anyone involved with youth and tobacco prevention research or policy should own and read this superb book.