Tobacco and Nicotine Prevention and Control

You CAN Make a Difference

Supported in part by a grant from the AAFP Foundation.

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States, making tobacco and smoking prevention, cessation, and policy issues a top priority in public health. As family physicians, we have real power in the fight against tobacco, smoking, and nicotine. Get involved in the fight against tobacco and nicotine with help from the AAFP. 

  • Approximately 70% of people who use tobacco products see a physician each year, so family physicians have the opportunity to make a significant impact on their patients' tobacco use, including those who have behavioral health disorders.
  • Approximately 42,000 lives could be saved, if physicians would advise 90% of smokers to quit, and offer them medication or other assistance.
  • Tobacco cessation more than doubles when evidence-based intervention programs are utilized.

AAFP Resources

Science & Education

Evidence-based knowledge and education, including AAFP clinical recommendations and policy statements, position papers, and educational resources.

Treatment & Cessation

Access physician resources designed to decrease tobacco use and increase cessation success rates in your patients and community.

Tools & Resources  

Tools and resources to support patient care strategies, including toolkits, coding and payment information, and patient education.  


Information on local, state, and national tobacco control advocacy efforts, including the latest on AAFP advocacy efforts.

AAFP Programs

  • Ask and Act

    Learn how to ask patients about tobacco use, then act to help them quit with help from a variety of evidence-based tobacco cessation resources.

  • Tar Wars

    A community-based education program designed to teach kids to live tobacco-free.

  • Office Champions: A Systems Change Approach

    Access practical strategies for making system changes to your practice to improve tobacco cessation success rates.