Tobacco usage is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 34 million adults currently smoke cigarettes, while an estimated 2.5 million middle and high school students use at least one tobacco product, including e-cigarettes and vapes.

Beyond being harmful to users, tobacco products can also be fatal. According to The World Health Organization (WHO), the tobacco industry is responsible for the death of 8 million people worldwide each year, as well as widespread deforestation and overall environmental destruction.

Stephen M. Cattaneo, MD, is the Medical Director of Thoracic Oncology and the Division Director of Thoracic Surgery at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center (LHAAMC). Cherise Easton, BS, NCTTS, Health Educator & Nationally Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

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