Smoking Cessation Index Page

  • 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.
  • CDC Launches Powerful New Quit Smoking Ads
    June 24, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched new ads today as part of its powerful “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign. The “Tips” campaign has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Americans quitting for good and millions more making quit attempts on their way to success, by featuring real stories of just some of the 16 million Americans who are living with a smoking-related disease.
  • CDC: Youth Cigarette Smoking at Lowest Level in 22 Years; Youth Cigar and Smokeless Tobacco Use Remain Stagnant
    June 12, 2014 - The American Lung Association welcomes today’s results that find youth cigarette smoking has dropped to 15.7 percent, the lowest level ever recorded, in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Part of this record low is attributable to a significant decrease in cigarette smoking among high school boys since 2011, from 19.9 percent to 16.4 percent, which is also the lowest level yet for this group. Lower cigarette smoking among youth directly translates into fewer people that will die from tobacco-caused disease.
  • Obama Administration Takes Critical Step to Help Smokers Quit and Save Lives
    May 2, 2014 - Today, the Obama Administration issued guidance on quit smoking benefits available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This important announcement from the Departments implementing the ACA (Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury) clarifies what treatments insurance plans should cover for quitting smoking as part of their preventive services benefit. This guidance will help to ensure that employers and insurance plans are doing everything they can to get smokers they help they need to quit.
  • Long Awaited FDA Proposal to Regulate E-Cigarettes, Cigars and Other Tobacco Products is an Important Step Forward for Public Health
    April 24, 2014 - Today, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products issued its long-awaited proposal to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. The proposed regulation would give FDA basic oversight authority over these unregulated products and require manufacturers to register with FDA; disclose their products’ ingredients to the agency; and would prohibit tobacco companies from making health claims without FDA review. The proposed regulation would also establish 18 as the nationwide minimum age for the legal purchase of tobacco products.
  • State Medicaid Programs Not Doing Enough to Help Smokers Quit
    March 27, 2014 - State efforts to help Medicaid enrollees who smoke fall woefully short of helping smokers quit, according to a study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The study, which was led by the American Lung Association, also found that states are making it difficult for smokers enrolled in Medicaid to use their quit-smoking benefits. As a result, most states are missing a crucial opportunity to save lives and money by helping their smokers quit.
  • 26 Leading Health Groups Call on Drug Stores and Other Retailers to Follow
    February 26, 2014 - Twenty-six of the nation’s leading public health and medical organizations today issued an open letter calling on drug stores and other retailers to follow the example of CVS Caremark and end the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
  • Surgeon General’s 2014 Report: Tobacco Deadlier Than Ever
    January 17, 2014 - Smoking is even more deadly today than it was 50 years ago, according to the 32nd Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, which found that smoking now kills 480,000 Americans each year. The report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, confirmed smoking is responsible for more than 87 percent of all lung cancer deaths and 61 percent of all lung disease deaths.
  • Tobacco use is the number one killer - Political will is needed to end the epidemic
    January 16, 2014 - Fifty years after the landmark 1964 Surgeon General’s report, tobacco use is our nation’s number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Despite 50 years of progress, now is the time for political leaders at all levels of government to commit to ending the tobacco epidemic and saving lives.
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