MomDoc Women for Women: Worldwide, tobacco use can be accounted for nearly 5 million deaths a year.
If current trends continue, it is predicted that tobacco use will cause more than 10 million deaths annually by the year 2020.
Cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and is responsible for an estimated 438,000 deaths per year, or about one out of every five deaths.
As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our workforce and community, beginning November 1, 2012, our Practice will no longer hire or re-hire individuals who use tobacco. Many companies in Arizona have adopted a Tobacco-Free Hiring policy, including Scottsdale Healthcare, Humana and Tucson Medical Center. We are proud to add our name to theirs in promoting a healthier community.