August 20, 2014 03:59 pm Chris Crawford – The AAFP has been at the center of the fight against tobacco and nicotine for decades. Now, with increased energy, national partnerships and bold new initiatives, the Academy looks to move to the forefront.
Tobacco and nicotine products such as e-cigarettes have flooded the market and are fueling a significant increase in use among young people. Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States.
There's no question that family physicians can exert considerable influence in the fight against tobacco and nicotine via their ability to reach family members at all stages of their lives. At least 70 percent of tobacco users in the United States see a physician every year, according to a 2008 HHS clinical practice guideline(bphc.hrsa.gov) on treating tobacco use and dependence.
To support family physicians' continued efforts, the AAFP is developing a comprehensive tobacco and nicotine prevention and control program that will be broader in scope than its current activities. The program will encompass new office-based tools, community programs and advocacy at the national and community levels to fight tobacco and nicotine.
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