Tobacco Cessation and the Affordable Care Act

As federal and state governments work to implement the Affordable Care Act, there is huge potential to provide millions more smokers with the help they need to quit. The ACA makes major changes to the health insurance market and also puts more focus on prevention in healthcare, which includes tobacco cessation. As major changes are being made to how healthcare is delivered and paid for in this country, there is a great opportunity to incorporate tobacco cessation treatment as a key to preventing deadly disease and rapidly rising healthcare costs.

The American Lung Association provides materials and analyses exploring ACA provisions that address tobacco cessation and prevention, including the federal guidance recommending a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit. Please check this page regularly, as materials will be added as they become available.

What Is Covered?

Find out which plans cover which treatments to quit smoking. Learn more »


 Important Affordable Care Act milestones for tobacco control. Learn more »

Factsheets and Resources

 Helpful resources for tobacco control advocates working on Affordable Care Act issues. Learn more »

Cessation Guidance Toolkit

 Helpful resources regarding the federal Affordable Care Act tobacco cessation guidance. Learn more »

Page last updated: November 17, 2022

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