Tobacco Prevention in Different Populations


Before selecting your intervention strategies, it is important to think about how certain population characteristics may affect the success of the intervention. For example, population subgroups that differ by age, race, ethnicity, income or geography may respond differently to your intervention. The following considerations and strategies reflect “lessons learned” from tobacco interventions conducted within various population subgroups.

Despite the increasing accumulation of all types of evidence, knowledge about “how something should be done” remains limited (Rychetnik, 2004). Therefore, the considerations and strategies provided below may or may not be applicable to all subgroups. As always, it is important to work with the community to ensure intervention activities meet the needs of its people.

Racial and ethnic minorities



Children and adolescents

Older adults



Populations at high-risk of exposure to secondhand smoke





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