Public Housing Going Smokefree: American Lung Association in Nevada to Offer Quit Smoking Support to Residents
(April 20, 2018) -
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In advance of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) smokefree housing rule requiring all public housing to be smokefree by July 31, 2018, the American Lung Association in Nevada, thanks to an approximate $70,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation, will offer quit smoking support resources for all residents. Through the Smoking Cessation for Low Income Housing Residents initiative, the American Lung Association will work with Public Housing Agencies and other local partners to provide smokers, who want to quit, access to proven-effective tobacco cessation services such as Freedom From Smoking®.
“Our collaboration with the American Lung Association is a further demonstration of our commitment in helping consumers gain access to the care and resources they need to improve their health and wellbeing,” said Eric Lloyd, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid. “We applaud the American Lung Association for their efforts in raising awareness regarding the significant health impact of smoking and how through the availability of simple tools and health care resources, together as a community, we can fight this epidemic and make a positive difference in the lives of smokers.”
Every year in the United States, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Smoking can cause or worsen numerous diseases and conditions, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease and more. The nicotine in tobacco is highly addictive, which is part of why it can be so tough to quit smoking. On average, it takes a tobacco user eight to 11 quit attempts before they are smokefree for good.
“While we commend the new smokefree policy to protect the thousands of Nevada’s public housing residents from secondhand smoke, we also understand that quitting smoking can be difficult for those residents that smoke,” said Will Rucker, tobacco program coordinator of the American Lung Association in Nevada. “We are proud to partner with Anthem Foundation to provide access to free quit smoking counseling and support in Nevada – which is key to helping individuals overcome smoking addiction.”
The American Lung Association will work with community partners to bring proven-effective tobacco cessation programs such as Freedom From Smoking® which has helped over 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 smokefree for good.
To learn more about how to quit smoking, call the Lung Association’s toll-free Lung Helpline 1-800-LUNGUSA, or learn more about Freedom From Smoking® at Lung.org/ffs. For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health, tobacco use and tobacco policies, contact the American Lung Association in Nevada at [email protected] or 312-718-5875.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association 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: Lung.org.