According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases one's risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis. ASAM recognizes that nicotine is an addictive drug and there is no safe level of consumption for tobacco products. Abstinence from tobacco use should be the ultimate goal for clinical interventions regarding tobacco use and addiction. Accordingly, ASAM advocates for the development of policies and programs that promote the prevention and treatment of nicotine addiction.

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