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Editorial
January 19, 2021

A Comprehensive Approach to Increase Adult Tobacco Cessation

Author Affiliations
  • 1Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA. 2021;325(3):232-233. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.23608
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Quitting smoking is one of the most important changes individuals can make to improve their health. The US Surgeon General concluded in 2020 that smoking cessation reduces the risk for all-cause mortality, cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, adverse reproductive health outcomes, and 12 types of cancer.1 Although considerable progress has been made in the US in reducing smoking over the past half century, there is still work to be done: it is estimated that 34 million US adults smoke cigarettes,2 more than 480 000 die annually from smoking or tobacco smoke exposure, and more than 16 million are living with a smoking-related illness.3

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