Reducing Tobacco Use Among Young People Experiencing Homelessness

Recommendations for Service Providers

by Erika Litvin Bloom, William G. Shadel, Joan S. Tucker

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Rates of cigarette smoking and use of other tobacco products (e.g., e-cigarettes or vapes) among youth experiencing homelessness are extremely high. Many youth express a clear desire to stop using tobacco, but most are unsure where to turn for help or how to be successful. This manual was designed to be used primarily by service providers (e.g., case managers, health educators) who interact with youth experiencing homelessness in such settings as shelters, drop-in centers, and health clinics. It contains an easy-to-use guide for providing brief and inexpensive assistance to youth experiencing homelessness who want to stop using tobacco products. It also includes background information, based on the authors' research, about tobacco use and quitting among youth experiencing homelessness.

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This research was funded by the National Cancer Institute and conducted by the Social and Behavioral Policy Program within RAND Social and Economic Well-Being.

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