Smoking Cessation Index Page

  • Almost All State Health Insurance Marketplace Plans Fail to Offer Required Quit Smoking Coverage, New Report Reveals
    March 31, 2015 - The overwhelming majority of state health insurance marketplace plans are not providing the coverage they should be for smoking cessation. Millions of Americans who have enrolled in health insurance marketplace plans should be provided with free tools to quit smoking, but a new report from the American Lung Association shows fewer than 20 percent of plan issuers are providing the appropriate coverage.
  • American Lung Association Response to CDC Release on Continued Disparities in Nonsmokers' Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
    February 3, 2015 - Statement from American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold Wimmer, in response to today's release of "CDC Vital Signs: Disparities in Nonsmokers' Exposure to Secondhand Smoke" report.
  • American Lung Association Shares Five Secrets for Quitting Smoking in 2015
    December 19, 2014 - Most smokers say they want to quit and many will make a New Year’s Resolution to quit in 2015. If this is your year to quit, the American Lung Association shares five tips to help you on the path to success:
  • E-Cigarette Use Among Teens Surpasses Cigarette Smoking For First Time
    December 16, 2014 - For the first time ever, a national study found e-cigarette use among teens exceeds traditional cigarette smoking. The study, “Monitoring the Future,” also found that e-cigarette use among 8th and 10th graders was double that of traditional cigarette smoking.
  • Making Government Subsidized Housing Smokefree Would Save Half a Billion Dollars Annually
    October 2, 2014 - A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published today in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease finds that making government subsidized housing in the U.S. smokefree would reduce healthcare and housing-related costs by $497 million each year. The savings would come from reduced healthcare costs attributed to secondhand smoke exposure; cost of renovating smoking units and fires caused by smoking. This study adds to the mounting list of reasons why the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must act quickly to require all multi-family housing under its control be made smokefree.
  • American Lung Association Congratulates CVS for Removing All Tobacco Products from CVS/pharmacy Stores
    September 3, 2014 - The American Lung Association applauds CVS for removing cigarettes and all tobacco products from all CVS/pharmacy locations across the U.S. This is an important milestone for the health of the American people today and for generations to come.
  • American Lung Association Statement on E-Cigarettes
    August 25, 2014 - The American Lung Association is very concerned about the potential health consequences of electronic cigarettes, as well as the unproven claims that they can be used to help smokers quit. There is presently no government oversight of these products and absent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation, there is no way for the public health, medical community or consumers to know what chemicals are contained in e-cigarettes or what the short and long term health implications might be. In extensive comments filed with the FDA in early August, the American Lung Association called on the Obama Administration to finalize its regulation to regulate e-cigarettes by the end of 2014.
  • E-Cigarette Use Among Non-Cigarette Smoking Youth Triples
    August 25, 2014 - A new study released today in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research shows an alarming increase in the number of middle and high school students who used e-cigarettes but never smoked a cigarette. The study also found that these youth were almost two times more likely to intend to begin smoking regular cigarettes as youth who had never used e-cigarettes.
  • American Lung Association Report Says Affordable Care Act Offers Landmark Opportunities to Save Lives, Money by Helping Smokers Quit
    July 22, 2014 - With more than 8 million Americans now accessing health insurance through new options in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has never been a more crucial time for policymakers and insurance plans to act to save lives–and public dollars—by expanding and easing access to tools and treatments to help smokers quit, according to the American Lung Association’s “Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2014” report. Released today, the annual report notes that many lives and billions of state and federal dollars– including over $800 million in Medicaid spending –could be saved by ensuring that coverage under the ACA comprehensively helps smokers end their nicotine addiction.
  • Leading Health Groups Urge Major League Baseball to Prohibit Tobacco Use at Ballparks and on Camera
    June 25, 2014 - Nine major medical and public health organizations have written to Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association urging them to agree to a complete prohibition on tobacco use at ballparks and on camera.
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