by Teresa Leão, Anton E Kunst, Julian Perelman
European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue 1, 1 February 2018, pp. 39–43
Consistent evidence shows the importance of preventing smoking at young ages, when health behaviours are formed, with long-term consequences on health and survival. Although tobacco control policies and programmes targeting adolescents are widely promoted, the cost-effectiveness of such interventions has not been systematically documented. The authors performed a systematic review on the cost-effectiveness of policies and programmes preventing tobacco consumption targeting adolescents. They conclude that evidence is scarce and relatively obsolete, and rarely focused on the evaluation of legal bans. Moreover, no comparisons have been made between different interventions or across different contexts and implementation levels. However, all studies conclude that smoking prevention policies and programmes amongst adolescents are greatly worth their costs.