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Free Help Quitting Smoking for Public Housing Residents

(December 5, 2017) -

For more information please contact:

James Martinez
[email protected]
(312) 445-2501

In advance of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) smoke free housing rule requiring all public housing to be smoke free by July 31, 2018, the American Lung Association in Missouri, with support from the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, will offer free smoking cessation support for residents of public housing.

Through the Smoking Cessation for Low Income Housing Residents initiative, the Lung Association will work with Public Housing Agencies and other local partners to provide access to proven-effective tobacco cessation services such as Freedom From Smoking, a proven smoking cessation program that offers options for people to engage in person, online and/or on a mobile app.

“While we applaud the new smoke free policy to protect the thousands of Missouri’s public housing residents from secondhand smoke, we also understand that quitting smoking can be difficult for those residents that smoke,” said Plesetta Clayton, the director of Tobacco Control and Lung Health for the American Lung Association, Upper Midwest Region. “We are proud to partner with the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation to provide access to free quit smoking counseling and support – which is key to helping individuals overcome smoking addiction.”

“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and more than 70 percent of smokers want to quit but just don’t know how to start that process,” said Jay Moore, M.D., chief medical officer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “We are proud to team with the American Lung Association to offer quit smoking guidance and support, and support our Missouri’s lung health and help prevent tobacco-related illnesses.”

The American Lung Association will work with community partners to bring proven-effective tobacco cessation programs such as Freedom From Smoking, which has helped more than one million smokers quit. The Lung Association’s quit smoking program is offered in person, online and by phone and includes content on building a quit plan, medications that can aid quitting smoking, lifestyle changes that support quitting smoking, how to manage stress and how to overcome relapse and become smoke free for good.

Missouri residents living in subsidized housing who are interested in these services can call the Lung Association in Missouri office at 314-645-5505.

About the American Lung Association in Missouri
The American Lung Association in Missouri is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation
Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses it’s funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates’ pledges. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.


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