Tobacco Cessation & Prevention

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S., making it critically important that prevention and cessation programs are available to help people break their tobacco addiction for good. The American Lung Association supports funding for federal, state and local programs that help tobacco users quit and prevent kids and adults from starting to use tobacco. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have tobacco prevention and quit smoking programs, but funding for them varies significantly. They often are funded by tobacco settlement dollars and/or tobacco taxes.

We also support policies that give smokers easy access to all treatments proven effective to help them quit. All public and private health insurance plans should cover a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit for plan members, including all seven medications and three types of counseling recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service.

The Lung Association is a leader in the area of tobacco cessation policy at the federal, state and local levels. Since 2007, our Tobacco Cessation Policy Project has provided up-to-date information and tools for advocates, policymakers, media and smokers.

Federal Cessation Coverage

Learn about our work at the federal level to give all tobacco users access to effective tobacco cessation treatments. Learn more »

State Tobacco Cessation Coverage

Find out about our work to ensure that state programs and insurance plans grant access to tobacco cessation treatments. Learn more »

Tobacco Prevention Program Funding

Learn about funding for state programs that prevent tobacco use and help smokers quit. Learn more »

Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage Report

Read our report about tobacco cessation coverage policies. Learn more »

Tobacco Cessation and the Affordable Care Act

Learn about how this seminal legislation and its implementation affects tobacco users and their access to treatment. Learn more »

Providing Technical Assistance for Effective Tobacco Cessation Policies

Find resources for tobacco control, public health and healthcare professionals on insurance coverage policies and health systems change to promote tobacco cessation. Learn more »

Freedom From Smoking®

Learn about our gold-standard smoking cessation program. Learn more »

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