Tobacco addiction causes 443,000 deaths in the United States each year, making it the leading preventable cause of death. In addition, some 8.6 million Americans live with serious smoking-related illnesses. Of the 45.3 million current smokers, 70% say that they would like to quit. But without assistance, less than 5% are able to stop smoking. They need help from health professionals, whose advice serves as a powerful motivator.
The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) is a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Significant support is also provided by the American Legacy Foundation. SCLC aims to increase smoking cessation rates and increase the number of health professionals who help smokers quit. The Center creates partnerships for results with a variety of groups and institutions to develop and implement action plans around smoking cessation. Partnerships with dental hygienists, nurses, pharmacists, emergency physicians, hospitals, labor unions, family physicians, the Veterans Health Administration, and myriad other groups all lead toward the same goal: saving lives by increasing cessation rates and cessation interventions.
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- SCLC and UCSF celebrate Great American Smokeout (GASO) on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
- Visit the Beyond the 5A's website for post conference resources
- SCLC is giving away FREE CME/CEU credits in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of SCLC! There is a limited quantity so REGISTER now!
- Legacy and Partnership for Prevention have released a new tobacco cessation implementation guide for U.S. community health centers. The guide will help health centers integrate tobacco cessation services into their care delivery.
- ASK-ADVISE-REFER: A Tobacco Cessation Counseling Protocol for Practicing Pharmacists, eligible for CPE credit created by Frank Vitale, MA—National Director of the Pharmacy Partnership for Tobacco Cessation
- Click here to see the tenth and final write-up of milestones and emerging directions from Dr. Steve Schroeder as SCLC celebrates its 10th Anniversary
- SAMHSA released a CBHSQ Report on July 18, 2013, showing that current smoking among adults with serious psychological distress (SPD) did not significantly decline from 1977 to 2011 (43.6% in 1977 and 42.1% in 2011).
- The 2012 National Health Interview Survey administered by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics indicates that 18% of adults described themselves as current smokers, a decrease from the 2011 data which estimated a 19% current smoker rate.
- Click here for the revised 2013 Destination Tobacco-Free toolkit for hospitals and health systems
- CDC Tips from Former Smokers campaign new ads and resources available now
- CME/CEU credit for SCLC webinars
- SCLC/SAMHSA Leadership Academies for Wellness and Smoking Cessation Initiative
- SCLC and the Pfizer Medical Education Group (MEG) collaborated to award over $4.5 million in grants focused on smoking cessation to 39 organizations nationwide.
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