The Section on Nicotine and Tobacco Prevention and Treatment (SONTPT) is a group of pediatricians and tobacco control professionals who are actively addressing tobacco control issues within their practices and communities working to protect infants, children, adolescents, and their families from nicotine, tobacco, and secondhand smoke. SONTPT is dedicated to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community as they work towards helping families live tobacco and nicotine free lives. The section is committed to leveraging its strengths in creating policy, advocacy and educational initiatives that actively promote inclusion and cultural effectiveness for all providers, and for the diversity of people they serve. The areas of focus include:

  • Policy (development of policy statements, clinical reports, and technical reports on the prevention, intervention, and treatment of adolescent nicotine and tobacco use)
  • Education (provision of evidence-based educational content for the AAP National Conference and other meetings)
  • Advocacy (development, monitoring, and tracking of state and federal legislation)
  • Clinical Practice (creation of resources and educational information to support members in translation of policies and implementation of best practices)
  • Stakeholder Engagement (internal and external partners)
  • Workforce and Leadership (working towards increasing diversity of section membership and leadership)
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (incorporation of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all section activities)


The mission of the Section on Tobacco Control is to raise awareness about the importance of and to create support for pediatricians, other physicians, and health providers in the prevention of tobacco product initiation and exposure, treatment of dependence, and elimination of children's exposure to tobacco and nicotine and their emissions.​


Children and families will lead tobacco free lives.


  • Provide education for pediatricians, other physicians, and non-physician clinicians to prevent, treat and reduce exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke.
  • Equip pediatricians, other physicians, and non-physician clinicians to effectively prevent, treat, and reduce exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke.
  • Develop and promote tobacco prevention and control policy and evidence-based best practices.
  • Provide education to support families in preventing, treating, and reducing exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke.​

As an advocate for the nation's children, we believe that it is essential that the Academy have the strongest possible voice in:

  • eliminating children's exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke
  • preventing children and youth from initiating smoking and other tobacco use
  • promoting smoke-free and tobacco-free policies
  • helping parents, families, and caregivers to quit smoking


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