The Triple Threat of Tobacco Use on Employer, Clinical and Medication Complexity
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They say that old habits are hard to kick, and tobacco consumption is perhaps the oldest use of addictive substances on record in North America.
Today, the impacts of smoking tobacco products continue to have significant consequences for the health of the global population at large. Despite significant and continued declines in cigarette smoking prevalence since its widespread popularity in the 1960s, the practice still causes nearly half a million deaths each year and remains the #1 preventable cause of death in this country. These mortality rates are just one piece of the story, as for every death, there is exponential morbidity, healthcare utilization, and costs associated with tobacco smoking.
Recognized as a patient risk factor within workers’ compensation healthcare, tobacco use, including cigarette smoking, has specific impacts on employee and injured worker patient populations.
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