Providing Technical Assistance for Effective Tobacco Cessation Policies

In 2019, the American Lung Association was awarded two grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide technical assistance to states and the tobacco control community on tobacco cessation coverage policy and health systems change.

Tobacco cessation coverage policies concern what treatments health insurance plans (public, like Medicaid, or private, like an HMO) provide tobacco users who want to quit. Changing health systems (like hospitals, physician practices, health centers) to support cessation involves identifying patients as tobacco users and establishing a system to get them help to quit.

Get Involved

As part of this project, the American Lung Association is leading several activities – all of which will involve many partners in the tobacco control, public health and healthcare provider fields and healthcare systems:

Join the Listserv

The listserv allows for communication and networking among colleagues interested in and working on tobacco cessation coverage and health systems changes across the country. Also join the listserv to hear about opportunities for webinar trainings, new materials, factsheets and reports on tobacco cessation policy. Join the listserv »


Watch recorded online presentations and webinars and listen to podcasts on various relevant topics in tobacco cessation coverage and health systems change. The presentation series are to serve as background information on the subject matter. Find the presentations »

Find Resources

Find factsheets, case studies, best practice documents, webinar recordings and other resources on these topics in our Resource Library. Access the library »

Assistors Toolkit

Find a new toolkit designed to help public health officials reach out to healthcare enrollment assisters about tobacco cessation. Access the toolkit »

Community Benefit Toolkit

Find a new toolkit designed to help public health officials reach out to hospitals and health systems about tobacco cessation in the context of community benefit requirements. Access the toolkit »

If you have questions about these projects or are interested in joining a workgroup, please send an email to [email protected].

Page last updated: July 21, 2020

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