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NIH on tobacco

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Effective provider-reimbursement policies for tobacco control need to be developed to make progress towards the public health benefits of quitting tobacco use, according to a 14-member NIH State-of-the-Science conference panel on tobacco use. The panel, which met June 12-14, pointed out that tobacco use remains the U.S.'s leading preventable cause of premature death with more than 440,000 American deaths per year as a result of a tobacco-related disease. Panelists also found that interventions and treatments aimed at helping smokers quit such as nicotine replacement therapy, telephone quitlines and counseling, all were effective individually, but were even more successful when combined...
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