Lung Association Partners with Local Community Organizations in Nevada to Help Smokers Quit for Good
New initiative supported by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation offers proven-effective tobacco cessation services to help smokers in Nevada quit
(March 31, 2016) - Las Vegas
With support from the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, the American Lung Association in Nevada is partnering with local community organizations in Las Vegas, a city in Clark County, to help smokers quit for good by providing better access to proven-effective tobacco cessation services such as Freedom From Smoking®. These efforts will focus on populations at greater risk for tobacco-related disease due to smoking ratings and lack of access to affordable quit smoking resources.
“Access to free or low-cost quit smoking counseling and support is essential to helping individuals overcome smoking addiction, and through this collaboration we are doing just that,” said Suzette Dacuag, Director of Programs of the American Lung Association in Nevada. “Connecting with local communities to let Nevada residents know these resources are available to them is key to helping Americans quit smoking, both improving their lung health and preventing tobacco-related illnesses. We are proud to partner with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and local organizations who serve as trusted resources in communities across Nevada.”
In partnership with the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, the American Lung Association in Nevada is working with local organizations such as Southern Nevada Health Services, veterans services, and the Salvation Army to help the approximately 78 residents of the behavioral health community in Nevada who are current smokers quit.
“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, but we know that quitting can be difficult,” said Mike Murphy, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “We look forward to the opportunity to partner with the American Lung Association to help those in our local communities at most risk, quit smoking, improve their lung health, and prevent tobacco-related illnesses by bringing support and resources.
Every year in the U.S., more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Smoking can cause or worsen numerous diseases and conditions, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease and more.
The American Lung Association will work with community partners to bring proven effective tobacco cessation programs such as Freedom From Smoking® which has helped over one million smokers quit. The Lung Association’s quit smoking program is offered in-person, online and by phone and includes content on building a quit plan, medications that can aid quitting smoking, lifestyle changes that support quitting smoking, how to manage stress and how to overcome relapse and become smokefree for good.
To learn more about how to quit smoking, call the Lung Association’s toll-free Lung Helpline 1-800-LUNGUSA, or learn more about Freedom From Smoking® at Lung.org/ffs. For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health, tobacco use and tobacco policies, contact the American Lung Association Nevada at SDacuag@Lungs.org or 702-431-6333.
About the American Lung Association in Nevada
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website: Lung.org.
About LUNG FORCE
LUNG FORCE is a new national movement led by the American Lung Association to unite women against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women. LUNG FORCE has three priorities: 1) Make lung cancer a cause that people care about – and act on; 2) Educate and empower patients and healthcare providers and 3) Raise critical funds for lung cancer research. The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE is nationally presented by CVS Health. Find out more at LUNGFORCE.org.