Policy & Advocacy Resources

An estimated 80% - 90% of adult smokers began smoking during adolescence. Nearly half of the pediatric population is exposed to secondhand smoke. For these reasons, tobacco use can be considered a pediatric disease.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is dedicated to addressing child health issues related to tobacco.

AAP Policy Statement

In November 2009, the AAP released their first policy statement on tobacco: Tobacco Use: A Pediatric Disease. This policy statement is significant because it is a comprehensive, straightforward approach to changing the current climate surrounding tobacco use and smoke exposure in children.

Technical Reports and Appendices

The release of the 2009 Policy Statement was accompanied by two technical reports and three appendices

Technical Reports

  • Secondhand and Prenatal Tobacco Smoke Exposure
    This report discusses the harms of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, the extent and costs of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, and the evidence that supports counseling and other clinical interventions in the cycle of tobacco use.
  • Tobacco as a Substance of Abuse
    This report emphasizes the need for clinicians caring for pediatric patients to provide tobacco use and exposure prevention and cessation education and advice, screening and counseling, and intervention and referral for patients and their families.


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.

Protecting Children & Families from Tobacco: Leadership Advocacy Training

Faculty Presentations from Leadership Advocacy Training

The AAP collaborated with American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American College of Physicians (ACP), and the American Medical Association (AMA) to host an educational training for physician members interested in becoming leaders in tobacco control advocacy in their states and communities for policies that support tobacco control, protect nonsmokers, and provide better access to tobacco cessation services. The training took place on September 23-24, 2011 in Chicago, IL. A total of 51 participants attended representing all five membership organizations.

Weren't able to make it to this training? Read about the training and the effects on attendees.

A second leadership advocacy training took place in April 2013.