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.
AAFP Letter on the Alexander-Murray HELP Lower Health Care Costs Act (S. 1895) - June 25, 2019(2 page PDF)
Joint Support Letter for the Tobacco-Free Youth Act Provisions - June 25, 2019(2 page PDF)
AAFP Support Letter for the Tobacco to 21 Act - May 29, 2019(1 page PDF)
Joint Letter Supporting the McConnell-Kaine Tobacco 21 Bill - May 21, 2019(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to the FDA on Nicotine Levels - May 8, 2019(2 page PDF)
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