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AMA Statement on Surgeon General’s Tobacco Report

For immediate release:
March 8, 2012

Statement attributable to:
Peter W. Carmel, MD
President, American Medical Association

"According to the new Surgeon General's Report, Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults, rates of tobacco use among teens have stalled, and the prevalence of smoking among young adults aged 18-24 is on the rise. The American Medical Association is concerned that these smokers will not get the support and assistance needed to combat their addiction.

"As recent reports have shown, there has been a decrease in funding for tobacco dependence treatment programs, even though tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Without access to treatment, these young smokers will fall victim to tobacco-related chronic diseases and cancers.

"Evidence-based tobacco prevention and treatment programs have been proven to reduce smoking, save lives and save money by reducing tobacco-related health care costs. These programs must be adequately funded. Increasing the price of tobacco and adopting comprehensive smoke-free laws throughout the entire nation would also help reduce the health, social and economic consequences associated with tobacco use among our youth."

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