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Policy Resources
The Section is charged with authoring policy statements and technical reports about tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure on behalf of the AAP. In October 2015, the Section's first policy documents since its 2012 inception were published. 

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.
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The policy statements are:

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:

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.

Tobacco Cessation and Treatment
Tobacco Control Funding
Tobacco Product Control
Tobacco-free Environments