Tobacco Use

Overview

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.


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