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.
- Clinical Practice Policy to Protect Children From Tobacco, Nicotine, and Tobacco Smoke
- Public Policy to Protect Children From Tobacco, Nicotine, and Tobacco Smoke
- Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
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:
- Talking points about the AAP tobacco policy statements (AAP login required)
- Infographic about e-cigarettes
- Recommendations listed in each statement
- E-cigarettes: Web page with presentations and Academy actions on e-cigarettes
- E-cigarettes: Reference guide for clinicians; contains screening questions
- Tobacco Coding Fact Sheet: Resources for ICD-10 and e-cigarette coding
- Webinar: Protecting Children From Tobacco, Nicotine, and Tobacco Smoke
This archived webinar described major recommendations in the new AAP policy statements, current policy issues related to recommendations in the statements, and the Academy's actions on those issues.
- Secondhand Smoke
- Thirdhand Smoke
- Smoke-free Homes and Cars — Information for Non-Smokers
- Smoke-free Homes and Cars — Information for Smokers
- Teens and Tobacco
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
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.