New ads portray real costs of tobacco use
Feb 11, 2014
The Real Cost, the FDA’s new public education campaign aimed at preventing youth tobacco use, launches nationally today across multiple media platforms including TV, radio, print and online. It will run for at least a year.
Daniel Giuffra, one of our 2013 Youth Advocates of the Year, represented his peers at the Feb. 4 launch event in Washington, D.C. Now a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, Daniel considers himself “a teenager who wants to help other teens understand the risks of tobacco use.”
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Nation’s health leaders call for ending the tobacco epidemic
Jan 17, 2014
As the United States marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, the nation’s leading health officials today issued a clarion call to end the tobacco epidemic for good.
“Enough is enough,” acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak said at a White House ceremony where he released a new, 980-page report that documents both the remarkable progress we’ve made and the huge toll tobacco continues to take on the nation’s health.
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State's decision called "stunning shortsightedness"
Dec 17, 2012
Recently, we released a report showing that the states this year will collect a record $25.7 billion in revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend less than two percent of it — $459.5 million — on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit. That’s less than two pennies of every dollar in tobacco revenue to fight tobacco use.
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Lung Association issues annual check-up on tobacco cessation coverage
Dec 3, 2012
Too many states currently fall short in requiring Medicaid and private health insurance coverage for treatments to help smokers quit. The federal health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, presents a tremendous opportunity to expand coverage and help more smokers quit – but only if federal and state authorities effectively implement and enforce the law.
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Smokers also seek help online after seeing hard-hitting media campaign
Apr 2, 2012
Calls to the toll-free number that provides help to smokers trying to quit more than doubled in the first week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled new anti-smoking ads, which depict former smokers coping with devastating diseases and disabilities caused by their tobacco use.
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Insurance coverage, funding cessation programs make a huge difference for health
Dec 7, 2011
States that require comprehensive insurance coverage for treatments that help smokers quit and adequately fund cessation services such as quit lines are the most “quit friendly” places to live, according to a new report by the American Lung Association.
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CDC study shows need for affordable and accessible treatment
Nov 10, 2011
The overwhelming majority of smokers want to quit and more than half of them tried to do so last year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet too few smokers are using proven treatments, such as medication and counseling, to help them stop smoking for good.
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Tennessee Lt. Gov says spending for smoking cessation is "a highly effective use of funds."
May 24, 2011
As states from coast to coast continue to struggle with serious budget woes, Tennessee's Lieutenant Governor has a message for them: Using public funds to help smokers covered by state health insurance programs quit is a "no brainer."
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