Of the 44.5 million current smokers in the U.S., 70% say that they would like to quit. But without assistance, less than 5% are able to stop smoking.
Now in its 14th year, the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) is a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and also receives significant funding from Truth Initiative to work with the behavioral health population. Established in 2003, SCLC aims to increase smoking cessation rates and increase the number of health professionals who help smokers quit. SCLC provides free technical assistance and resources to help providers and others do a better job at helping smokers live tobacco free. SCLC creates partnerships for results with a variety of groups and institutions to develop and implement action plans around tobacco treatment and prevention.
SCLC has created over 100 partnerships with dental hygienists, nurses, pharmacists, emergency physicians, hospitals, family physicians, mental health and substance abuse providers and counselors and myriad other groups each focused on saving lives by increasing cessation rates and cessation interventions. The SCLC team looks forward to the next decade of working collaboratively on cessation efforts with priority populations, developing new alliances, identifying new evidence-based practices and resources, and giving a voice to champions.
For more information about SCLC, read "The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center: A Progress Report," by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.