The American Public Health Association in conjunction with the Howard University Hospital has established an initiative to educate pediatric residents and public health professionals on the importance of tobacco prevention and treatment, providing practical tools and advocacy skills. This effort was incepted in 1999 and is funded by the American Legacy Foundation.
This website features resources for health professionals to assist in their smoking cessation and prevention efforts.
In the U.S., almost 90% of adult smokers say they began before the age of 18. Today, the tobacco companies are constantly targeting the youth. Big tobacco sees youth as their most profitable population. This partnership recognizes that tobacco use and dependency affects every part of our society. Most importantly, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable deaths— each year smoking causes approximately 435,00 premature deaths and over 5 million years of potential life lost according to the CDC.
The Tobacco Project aims to counter this growing youth dependency by training pediatric residents to provide their patients with tools to avoid tobacco use while recognizing that youth are the key to ending this chain of tobacco dependency.