American Lung Association Statement on House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Action to End Highly Successful "Tips from Former Smokers" Campaign
(July 7, 2016) - CHICAGO
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Statement of Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association:
"The American Lung Association is dismayed that the House of Representatives' Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education has reportedly proposed to eliminate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) "Tips from Former Smokers' campaign (Tips) in its funding bill for CDC. The Tips campaign has prompted hundreds of thousands of smokers to quit for good and motivated millions of others to make a quit attempt on their way to quitting for good.
"In March, a study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease found 104,000 smokers quit for good, another 1.83 million more made quit attempts and 1.73 million additional smokers intended to quit within six months because of the 2014 Tips campaign. The Tips campaign has also encouraged families and friends to talk with loved ones who still smoke about getting help to quit.
"It defies common sense that the Subcommittee would propose to eliminate the lifesaving Tips campaign. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States—killing 480,000 Americans each year; and more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking related disease. We need to do more as a country to help smokers quit—not less—we urgently call on Congress to restore funding for the Tips campaign in the final spending bill."
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