AAP Policy & Advocacy Resources

90% of adult smokers began smoking during adolescence. Nearly half of the pediatric population is exposed to secondhand smoke. For these reasons, tobacco use is considered a pediatric disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is dedicated to addressing child health issues related to tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.

AAP Tobacco Policy Statements

In October 2015, the AAP Section on Tobacco Control released three policy statements and a technical report on tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. The statements cover hot topics in tobacco control and detail ways to protect children from tobacco use, nicotine dependence, and tobacco smoke through public policy and clinical practice change avenues.
To learn more about the Section, including how to join for free, visit www.aap.org/sotco.

The policy statements are:
The technical report is:
In December 2016, the AAP Committee on Substance Use and Prevention released a technical report that supports guidance published in the above 2015 clinical practice tobacco policy statement by providing detailed research and information about the addictive and disease-promoting aspects of smoking and nicotine use. The technical report is:

Resources for Clinicians


Fact sheets for Parents and Caregivers


Tobacco Prevention Policy Tool

The AAP Richmond Center has created an online matrix of policy options to help inform tobacco control advocacy at the practice, school, community, state, and national levels. Topics included in the policy tool include hot topic issues like e-cigarettes, health disparities, tobacco 21, and smoke-free places as these topics relate to prevention of secondhand smoke exposure, support for cessation services, and prevention of youth tobacco use initiation.

Access the AAP Tobacco Prevention Policy Tool


Issue Briefs

Completed by the AAP Division of State Government Affairs, these issue briefs keep you up-to-date on the latest policy and advocacy information in the world of tobacco control.