Tobacco Control Index Page

  • 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.
  • American Lung Association Reinforces Awareness about High Risk of COPD in Women
    April 22, 2014 - The American Lung Association, with sponsorship support from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., announced a national, public re-release of Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women, a recent report exploring the unequal burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among women. COPD, a progressive lung disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is now 37 percent more prevalent among women than men. More than 7 million women in the United States are currently living with COPD and millions of others have the disease but have yet to be diagnosed, possibly due to the common misdiagnosis of asthma for the female COPD patient.
  • E-Cigarette Poisoning Cases on the Rise
    April 3, 2014
  • Leading Health Groups Urge President Obama to Release Proposal to Regulate Cigars, E-Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products
    April 1, 2014 - Six leading public health and medical organizations have asked President Obama to order the release of a critical public health proposal that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over all unregulated tobacco products. The proposal has been stalled in the White House Office of Management and Budget since October 1.
  • 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.
  • Henry A. Waxman is a True Lung Health Champion
    January 30, 2014 - The American Lung Association thanks Representative Henry A. Waxman for his four decades of championing the lung health of all Americans. Cleaner air, better health and fewer people smoking are just part of his tremendous lung health legacy.
  • American Lung Association's "State of Tobacco Control 2014" Report Highlights Urgent Need for Nation to Renew Its Commitment to Eliminate Tobacco-Caused Death and Disease
    January 22, 2014 - Less than a week after the new Surgeon General's report on smoking and health which warns 5.6 million of today's youth will die from tobacco use unless action is taken, today the American Lung Association released its "State of Tobacco Control 2014," finding that the battle to reduce tobacco use has all but stalled. "State of Tobacco Control 2014" issues an urgent call to action to policymakers across the country to reverse their present course and commit to eliminating tobacco-caused death and disease.
  • 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.
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