Smoking directly contributes to the deaths of more than 440,000 Americans each year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It represents the single leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
In economic terms, each pack of cigarettes sold produces approximately $7 in combined medical costs and lost productivity, according to the CDC. That’s about $157 billion annually.
Family physicians play a critical role in advocating for effective policies to prevent and treat tobacco and nicotine addiction. They also provide policymakers with vital expertise and input regarding policies designed to prevent young people from picking up the habit and help others beat this deadly and pervasive addiction.
Joint Letter to Appropriations on FY2017 Tobacco Priorities - April 11, 2017(3 page PDF)
Joint Letter to the House Opposing Exemption of Cigars from FDA Regulation - February 14, 2017(3 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to HHS on Tobacco Cessation FAQ - December 21, 2016(2 page PDF)
Joint Letter to Congress Opposing Tobacco Riders - November 17, 2016(2 page PDF)
Joint Letter to House Appropriators on Tobacco Regulation - September 7, 2016(3 page PDF)
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