Public Health Concern: Smoking, Alcohol and Substance Use


Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, (Editor)
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Ariel Tenenbaum, MD (Editor)
Down Syndrome Center, Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel

Series: Health and Human Development
BISAC: SCI072000


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Smoking has well-known health hazards. It is associated with lung cancer, oral cancer, stroke, heart disease, emphysema, and other short- and long-term breathing problems. These troubling facts are very well-known to the public, both adults and adolescents. There is also a concerning association between the use of tobacco and other dangerous behaviors; e.g., the use of other substances such as alcohol and marijuana and high risk sexual behavior.

Cognitive and mental problems including anxiety, depression and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder are also associated with smoking. It is of great concern and frustration that all the above-mentioned facts do not prevent millions from starting to smoke every year around the world. In fact, smoking is practiced by every nation on the planet and appears to take place in every society, regardless of race, color or social status. In this book, we have gathered research from international collaborators to touch on these issues. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

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