Tobacco use, especially cigarette smoking, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide. Comprehensive tobacco cessation treatment is a critical component of the clinical care for individuals with or at risk for cardiovascular diseases. The consistent delivery of tobacco cessation treatment remains a significant challenge for healthcare providers.
Smokers not ready to quit may ask about alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes. Guidance on e-cigarettes can be found in the clinical summary below.