J Korean Acad Nurs.  2004 Dec;34(8):1379-1387.

A Comparison of Smoking Control Strategies in Korea and the United States

  • 1Nursing Policy Research Institute, College of Nursing, Yonsei University, Korea. cylee@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, Korea.
  • 3Department of Nursing, Kwandong University, Korea.


The purpose of this study was to compare smoking control strategies between Korea and the United States. Korea and other developing countries may learn from the experience of the United States in dealing with the growing epidemic of cigarettes. In particular, smoking control objectives, structures, laws and regulations, funds, programs and activities, research, and surveillance systems were compared. The comparison was conducted at the federal, states/provincial, and county levels of the two countries. The data were collected through various governmental websites, contact with people directly, and a literature review. Based on the comparison, seven recommendations for smoking control strategies were made primarily for Korea.


Smoking Control; Korea; United States; International Comparison

MeSH Terms

Cross-Cultural Comparison
Federal Government
Financing, Government/organization & administration
Government Programs/*organization & administration
Government Regulation
Health Education/organization & administration
Health Policy/legislation & jurisprudence
Health Priorities/organization & administration
Health Promotion/*organization & administration
Local Government
Population Surveillance
*Public Health Practice/economics/legislation & jurisprudence
Research Support as Topic/organization & administration
Smoking/epidemiology/*legislation & jurisprudence/*prevention & control
Smoking Cessation/legislation & jurisprudence/methods
State Government
United States/epidemiology
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