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Childhood and Adolescence PrevInfad/PAPPS Group

Tobacco smoking prevention in adolescence


Galbe Sánchez-Ventura Ja, Rando Diego Ab, San Miguel Muñoz MJc, Colomer Revuelta Jd, Cortés Rico Oe, Esparza Olcina MJf, Gallego Iborra Ag, García Aguado Jh, Pallás Alonso CRi, Mengual Gil JMj

aPediatra. CS Torrero La Paz. Zaragoza. España.
bPediatra. CS Mejorada del Campo. Velilla de San Antonio. Madrid. España.
cPediatra. CS Paterna. Valencia, España.
dDepartamento de Pediatría, Obstetricia y Ginecología. Unidad de Pediatría. Universidad de Valencia. Valencia. España.
eAsociación Española de Pediatría de Atención Primaria. Madrid. España.
fPediatra. Madrid. España.
gPediatra. Unidad de Atención Infantil Temprana. Distrito Sanitario Málaga-Guadalhorce. Málaga. España.
hPediatra. Madrid. España.
iServicio de Neonatología. Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre. Madrid. España.
jPediatra. CS Delicias Sur. Zaragoza. España.

Correspondence: J Galbe. Email:

Reference of this article.:

Galbe Sánchez-Ventura J, Rando Diego A, San Miguel Muñoz MJ, Colomer Revuelta J, Cortés Rico O, Esparza Olcina MJ y cols. Prevención del consumo de tabaco en la adolescencia. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2020;22:411-22.

Published in Internet: 17/12/2020


Tobacco consumption may become a problem in adolescence. Experiencing tobacco may drive to a long-lasting consumption and dependence.

Adolescents smokers have the same risk in the long term than adult smokers as far as cancer, cardiovascular disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is concerned. Moreover, tobacco implies relevant risks during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

After a comprehensive literature review, the group PrevInfad concludes that there is no good quality evidence in favor nor against the recommendation of individual intervention on tobacco consumption in adolescents. Nevertheless, given the relevant implications in health of the early tobacco dependence, and the greater difficulty of its cessation when started at an early age, the benefit of the brief counseling or intervention seems greater than its risk, taking into account the values and preferences of the adolescents and their families as well as the available resources.

Keywords: Smoking. Prevention.



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