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Invited Commentary
August 2014

Engaging Patients and Clinicians in Treating Tobacco Addiction

Author Affiliations
  • 1Stanford Prevention Research Center, Department of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, California
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(8):1299-1300. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.729

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s 1964 report on the health consequences of smoking.1 Tobacco use is causally linked to diseases of nearly all bodily organs, overall deficits in health, and considerable medical costs. Annually, 480 000 deaths in the United States are attributed to tobacco, with millions more living with smoking-attributable diseases. Worldwide, tobacco-related deaths are expected to reach 1 billion during the 21st century.2

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