Providing Technical Assistance for Effective Tobacco Cessation Policies | American Lung Association

Providing Technical Assistance for Effective Tobacco Cessation Policies

In September 2013, the American Lung Association was awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide technical assistance to states and the tobacco control community on tobacco cessation coverage policy and health systems change.

Tobacco cessation coverage policies concern what treatments health insurance plans (public, like Medicaid, or private, like an HMO) provide tobacco users who want to quit. Changing health systems (like hospitals, physician practices, health centers) to support cessation involves identifying patients as tobacco users and establishing a system to get them help to quit.

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As part of this project, the American Lung Association is leading several activities – all of which will involve many partners in the tobacco control, public health and healthcare provider fields and healthcare systems:

Join a Listserv 

Listservs focus on specific tobacco cessation coverage and health systems change topics. They allow communication and networking among colleagues interested in and working on these issues across the country. Also join the listservs to hear about opportunities for webinar trainings, new materials, factsheets and reports on tobacco cessation policy. Join a listserv »

Watch Online Presentations

Watch recorded online presentations on various relevant topics in tobacco cessation coverage and health systems change. The presentation series are to serve as background information on the subject matter. Watch the presentations »

Find Resources 

Find factsheets, case studies, best practice documents, webinar recordings and other resources on these topics in our Resource Library. Access the library »

Assistors Toolkit 

Find a new toolkit designed to help public health officials reach out to healthcare enrollment assistors about tobacco cessation. Access the toolkit »

Community Benefits Toolkit

Find a new toolkit designed to help public health officials reach out to hospitals and health systems about tobacco cessation in the context of community benefits. Access the toolkit»

If you have questions about this project or are interested in joining a workgroup, please send an email to

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