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 to the FDA on Eliminating Youth Electronic Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Use - December 22, 2018(3 page PDF)
Joint Letter to the US Trade Representative Urging Public Health Measures in US/Japan Trade Agreements - November 26, 2018(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter Calling for ICD-10-CM Codes - October 31, 2018(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to the Department of Defense Urging Age 21 Tobacco Sales Restrictions at Military Facilities - August 31, 2018(1 page PDF)
Joint Letter to the FDA on Premium Cigars - July 25, 2018(9 page PDF)
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