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Youth Advocate Helps Launch FDA Media Campaign

New ads portray real costs of tobacco use

Editor
Feb 11, 2014

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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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posted February 11, 2014

“Enough Is Enough”

Nation’s health leaders call for ending the tobacco epidemic

Editor
Jan 17, 2014

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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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posted January 17, 2014

Zero Dollars for Prevention Risks More Teen Smokers in North Carolina

State's decision called "stunning shortsightedness"

Editor
Dec 17, 2012

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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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posted December 17, 2012

Health Care Reform Is Opportunity to Help More Smokers Quit

Lung Association issues annual check-up on tobacco cessation coverage

Editor
Dec 3, 2012

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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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posted December 03, 2012

Powerful Anti-Smoking Ads Prompt Record Calls to Quit Lines

Smokers also seek help online after seeing hard-hitting media campaign

Editor
Apr 2, 2012

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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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posted April 02, 2012

New Report Lists Best and Worst States to Quit Smoking

Insurance coverage, funding cessation programs make a huge difference for health

Editor
Dec 7, 2011

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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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posted December 07, 2011

Most Smokers Want to Quit, but Too Few Succeed

CDC study shows need for affordable and accessible treatment

Editor
Nov 10, 2011

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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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posted November 10, 2011

True Conservatives Know Helping Smokers Quit Saves Money

Tennessee Lt. Gov says spending for smoking cessation is "a highly effective use of funds."

Editor
May 24, 2011

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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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posted May 24, 2011

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