Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Tobacco cessation resources are essential in helping your patients quit.
Social determinants of health play a significant part in tobacco-use related disparities. People living in poverty and adults with lower levels of education smoke cigarettes at a higher rate than the general population. There is often a higher density of tobacco retailers located in low-socioeconomic areas, low-income African American communities and communities with more LGBTQ couples. All of these communities experience higher rates of tobacco use and tobacco-related health disparities.
The AAFP continues to advocate for regulation of tobacco products to prevent the more than 440,000 deaths caused by tobacco use each year. The AAFP provides comments to regulators on many tobacco and nicotine issues, including regulating flavored tobacco products, nicotine level standards, premium cigars, and potential illicit trade markets.
Use the resources to start conversations with patients, helping them take steps toward tobacco-free, healthier lives. The Great American Smokeout from the American Cancer Society is another opportunity to start your patients on the path to living tobacco-free.