Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in North Carolina and the U.S. It is responsible for one in every 5 deaths and 39 deaths every day in the Tar Heel state. Roughly 80% of tobacco users see a physician each year and more than 61% of them want to quit. The gold standard of treatment for tobacco use according to the Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence as well as the recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is for all clinicians to ask all adults about tobacco use; advise them to stop; and provide behavioral interventions in the form of individual, group, or telephonic counseling plus FDA-approved pharmacotherapy for tobacco treatment specifically to adults who are not pregnant and who use tobacco.

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