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  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Continuing with the same social policy you selected in Workshop Two, research how the policy impacts a population by addressing the following items:
    1. Evidence of positive outcomes
    2. Evidence of cost effectiveness and sustainability
    3. Political, social, and economic feasibility of policy
    4. Social work values evident in the policy
    5. Involvement of the target population in policy development and evaluation
  3. In a three- to five-page paper with an APA-style reference page, report on what you learned in your research.

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Running head: PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY ON SMOKING Public Health and Medicine Policy on Smoking Student Name Institutional Affiliation Date 1 PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY ON SMOKING 2 Public Health and Medicine Policy on Smoking The analysis of the smoking trends in the world today shows that there is a large number of people who have engaged in this behavior and it has led to many adverse outcomes. The analysis also shows that many of the smokers are affected by some of the common illnesses related to the respiratory system including lung cancer. It remains as one of the major concerns of the public health departments in the world and there is a need to set up adequate and effective measures to ensure there is a reduction in the rate of smoking. Social work involves setting up policies that help people live a better life and providing them with better ways to control their lives. The use of public health medicine policies to help reduce the rate of smoking in society meets this goal. Goals The policy is meant to help people make better decisions and live a better life that is not affected by the smoking habit. The policy also aims at protecting non-smokers from the smoke from the smokers. The policy targets smokers and nonsmokers intending to introduce ways for smokers to quit smoking and for the nonsmokers to stay safe. In the United States alone, research shows that policies meant to create a smoke-free environment usually involve cessations about smoking. They create cessations and help people understand the risks of smoking (Titus et al., 2019). Therefore, the first goal is to ensure adequate cessations in public places. The impact of this is to reduce the exposure that people have to smoke. In the workplace, people, and mostly women, are exposed to secondhand smoking and this leads to many health complications (Suriani, MZ, Aidalina, Al Sidek, & Ramalingam, 2017). The other goal is to reduce the prevalence of smoking in the public. Through education and social campaigns, the policy ensures that people get adequate information about the dangers of smoking. According to Wintemberg, PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY ON SMOKING 3 McElroy, Ge, and Everett (2017), the policies help protect the public and educate them on how to break the smoking addiction. The other goal is to lobby for support from the government and to support the efforts of the social activists on reduced smoking. Benefits and Services The policies have several benefits to the public and the government; the first one is that the cases of respiratory diseases are expected to reduce with time, which in turn leads to a more productive society. People suffering from lung cancer and other diseases related to smoking are less productive and physically weak. The number of smokers will reduce and exposure to smoke for the nonsmokers will also reduce. The policy will also introduce better cessation guidelines that companies and other organizations can comply with. The other benefit is that the policy will help reduce the healthcare budget in the country. Currently, the government spends a lot of money to provide medical care for the people affected by smoking either directly or indirectly. The services of the healthcare policy will improve and strengthen the existing laws on smoking. Eligibility Rules The policies on smoking are eligible and supported by the law in preventing the public from smoke and its impacts. The policies also give guidelines and rules on the factors that make people eligible for the policy. For example, the policy suggests that the companies that have smokers should have a segregated place for them to smoke. The rule requires that the smoking zone should be far away from the rest of the workers and should be conducive for the smokers as well. In other words, it is illegal to have a company that has a large number of people and no smoking zone. The policy also requires the companies to guide on the dangers of smoking and how to avoid it. Such lessons should be shared freely with the workers. The other rule is that all smokers should smoke only in the segregated areas and not in the public spaces. PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY ON SMOKING 4 Service Delivery Systems The service delivery system for the policy will be based on the technology and frameworks that the target audience uses. The first consideration will be the medium via which the organizations get information about the laws and policies that affect them. The service delivery systems will use win-win interactions, non-coercive, and non-intrusive methods to ensure compliance with the policies. The systems will ensure that companies and other stakeholders are aware of the introduced regulations, their intentions, and how to comply. The media to be used include the internet, printed media, and announcements via the other media platforms. The delivery systems will be adjusted if there are changes that make it necessary to do so. Financing The policy will be financed using government resources just like the other public policies. Cigarette smoking has led to the death of many people and this requires the government and mostly the department of health to take action to reduce the deaths and cut on the health budget. As stated above, the goals of the policy include reduced health cases related to smoking. Therefore, the government will finance the policy and ensure it has met its goals. The financial challenges that affect public health and medicine policies are usually due to poor support from the government. The policy on smoking attracts many views and the government supports the efforts that reduce smoking in society. Conclusion Smoking is a social problem that affects many people across the world and there is a consistent call by many activists for the government to introduce cessation policies that reduce exposure to smoke. Some of these policies are meant to create awareness while others introduce PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY ON SMOKING regulatory measures that can be applied to reduce the number of smokers. Secondhand smoke affects a large number of people and this requires the intervention of the government to reduce the exposure of people to smoke. The public health and medicine policy is effective in dealing with the challenge and reducing the impacts that smoking has on society. 5 PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY ON SMOKING 6 References Suriani, I., MZ, N. A., Aidalina, M., Al Sidek, N. D. A. B., & Ramalingam, D. R. (2017). Knowledge, attitude, and practices on secondhand smoking among women who are exposed to secondhand smoking at home and workplace. International Journal of Public Health and Clinical Sciences, 4(1), 66-76. Titus, A. R., Kalousova, L., Meza, R., Levy, D. T., Thrasher, J. F., Elliott, M. R., ... & Fleischer, N. L. (2019). Smoke-free policies and smoking cessation in the United States, 2003– 2015. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(17), 3200. Wintemberg, J., McElroy, J. A., Ge, B., & Everett, K. D. (2017). Can smoke-free policies reduce tobacco use disparities of sexual and gender minorities in Missouri?. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19(11), 1308-1314.
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Impacts of Policy On Smoking
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Impacts of Public Health Policy on Smoking
The public health policy focus on reducing the effects of smoking by introducing
strategies and effective delivery systems. Smoking as a social vice affects the productivity of a
nation in different ways. The results of tobacco range from health to financial as young people
become unhealthy and less productive. The anti-smoking policies play a significant role in
reducing smoking and direct effects in society. Some of the policy's outlined segments are
banning smoking in public areas and educating people about the adverse impact of tobacco. The
social policy impacts on smoking to the population range from individual to economic
productivity of the community.
Positive Outcomes
The social policy has positively impacted the population, as evident in data from different
sectors of the economy. The healthcare system in the United States has reported a decrease in the
number of patients suffering from respiratory diseases. Most patients diagnosed with lung cancer
were smokers, which has changed after the implementation of the policy. The health system has
indicated that other complications related to smoking, such as complications among expectant
mothers, have reduced. Previously, most people, especially women, were vict...

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