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Reducing Tobacco Use

ACPM members are engaged in reducing tobacco use at the individual and population level through various ways, including: advocating for policy, developing position statements, and implementing CDC grants to advance federal initiatives.


Position Statements


Diabetes Prevention
Addressing the Role of Physicians in CDC’s 6|18 Initiative

ACPM has recently received a grant from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) to address HST through CDC’s 6|18 initiative. Through 6|18, CDC is targeting six common and costly health conditions – tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes – and 18 proven specific interventions that formed the starting point of discussions with purchasers, payers, and providers.

Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program

ACPM and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) are proud to introduce the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program, a new comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum designed for physicians with an interest in learning the basic principles of lifestyle medicine. The curriculum has several modules as part of its coursework that address tobacco use.

Recent Research

DID YOU KNOW? In a recent survey of preventive medicine physicians, 48 percent said they refer patients to and/or advocate for expansion of evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments, including individual, group, and telephone counseling and FDA-approved cessation medications.

Awareness Campaigns

Great American Smokeout
The Great American Smokeout

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.

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