Overview of Tobacco Use
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.
Recent AAFP Communications
AAFP Letter to the FDA and HHS Supporting Proposed Rule on Graphical Warnings - October 1, 2019(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to the President on e-Cigarettes - September 20, 2019(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter on the Alexander-Murray HELP Lower Health Care Costs Act (S. 1895) - June 25, 2019(2 page PDF)
Joint Communications with Other Organizations
Joint Letter to the FDA on Requirements for Submission of Premarket Tobacco Product Applications - December 16, 2019(48 page PDF)
Joint Statement Supporting Strong Flavored E-Cigarettes Ban and Swift Implementation - November 18, 2019(3 page PDF)
Joint Letter to HHS Urging Mint and Menthol e-Cigarettes Be Removed from the Market - October 29, 2019(3 page PDF)
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