Create a policy brief on teenagers that smoke and vape and health hazards
Your policy brief should contain the following sections:
Title: The title should catch the attention of the reader and compel them to continue reading. It
should be descriptive, punchy and relevant.
Executive Summary: This is a 1-2 paragraph summary that aims to convince the reader to
actually read the rest of the document. This is similar to an abstract. It is especially important that
you can quickly and concisely share the relevance and importance of your brief. You should
include a description of the problem, a statement on why the current approach/policy option
needs to be changed/evaluated (or why there needs to be a policy focus if there currently is not
one) and your recommendations for action.
Statement of the Problem: The purpose of this section is to convince the target audience that a
problem exists which requires action. In this section, you should clearly outline the importance of
the problem. Provide a clear statement of the problem or issue, including what we know about
the problem and the root causes.
Critique of Current Policies: Provide a clear statement of the policy implications of the problem,
and explain what current policies are, and where they are or are not working. You need to set the
stage for the policy recommendations you are going to make.
Policy Recommendations: In this section, you will provide your specific policy alternatives and
recommendations (one or more). This should be persuasive in tone, and you should provide
information on the implications of any policy changes that you are recommending. Your
recommendations should be supported by the literature.
Sources: You do not have to have citations in the main text, but you do need to provide author or
organization names for any tables or case studies you present from a source. However, you
must include an APA style “Sources” list at the end of the paper. All of the information presented
in the problem, critique, and recommendation sections must be supported by the literature that
you list in this section.