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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- The recording is available now for the SCLC free webinar, "Last Cowboy Standing: Smoking and the Future of Tobacco Control", presented by Kenneth E. Warner, PhD, held on Thursday, May 16, 2013
- Click here for details on the SAMHSA Mississippi State Leadership Academy for Wellness and Smoking Cessation
- Click here for more information on the joint Request for Proposals (RFP) from the SCLC and Pfizer IGL&C
- CDC Tips from Former Smokers campaign new ads and resources available now
- Click here for the SAMHSA/NSDUH report on smoking and mental illness or substance use disorder (March 2013)
- SAMHSA press release, "Adults experiencing mental illness or a substance use disorder account for nearly 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked", March 20, 2013
- "Helping Smokers Quit Around the Time of Surgery", Dhruv Khullar, BA, Steven A. Schroeder, MD, and John Maa, MD, March 13, 2013, The Journal of the American Medical Association
- CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - "Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Mental Illness — United States, 2009–2011", February 5, 2013
- CDC Press Release, "Smoking among U.S. adults with mental illness 70 percent higher
than for adults with no mental illness", Vital Signs report, February 5, 2013
- Fact Sheet: CDC Vital Signs - "Adult Smoking: Focusing on People with Mental Illness" (February 2013)
- Click here for the SAMHSA/NSDUH report on smoking and mental illness (February 2013)
- New Evidence That Cigarette Smoking Remains the Most Important Health Hazard. Schroeder, SA. (2013). NEJM Editorial. A review of the following two articles:
- CME/CEU credit for SCLC webinars
- SCLC/SAMHSA Leadership Academies for Wellness and Smoking Cessation Initiative
- HHS launced BeTobaccoFree.gov, a comprehensive website providing one-stop access to the best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies.
- 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.
- Guide to taking a hospital smoke-free
- Progress of SCLC recognized by RWJF
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