Tobacco addiction causes 480,000 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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- New! NEJM Perspective "Helping Smokers Quit - Opportunities Created by the Affordable Care Act" by Tim McAfee, MD, MPH, Stephen Babb, MPH, Simon McNabb, BA, and Michael C. Fiore, MD, MPH, MBA
- REGISTER NOW! for SCLC's next free webinar, "Commercial Tobacco Use and American Indian/Alaska Native People: Implementing Proven or Promising Interventions" on Friday, Nov. 21st at 1pm EST
- UCSF and SCLC celebrate the 2014 Great American Smokeout (GASO)
- Case Study: The Effect of Expanding Cessation Coverage— The Massachusetts Medicaid Cessation Benefit. CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2014.
- CVS Leads: Will Other Pharmacies Follow? Read Dr. Schroeder's op ed on CVS' decision to end sales of tobacco products in all of its pharmacies
- SCLC and Pfizer collaboration offer new funding opportunity
- RECORDING IS AVAILABLE! SCLC's webinar, "Where's the Justice? Tobacco Use and the Incarcerated", with Dr. Chad Morris, Brenda Howard and Ben Udochi
- Real-World Impact of Quitline Interventions for Provider-Referred Smokers, by Glory Song, MPH, et al. October 2014 in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
- American Lung Association releases its 6th Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2014 report. Click here for the press release and here for the full report.
- FDA Proposed Rule on E-cigarettes
- Read the story of SCLC and SAMHSA's partnership, "From the Sidelines to the Frontline: How the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Embraced Smoking Cessation", by Lekshmi Santhosh et al, in the American Journal of Public Health
- SCLC salutes CVS' decision to phase out selling tobacco products in its nationwide pharmacies
- Smoke, the Chief Killer — Strategies for Targeting Combustible Tobacco Use, by Drs. Fiore, Schroeder, and Baker. (2014). NEJM.
- Click here for the latest news on the release of the 2014 Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health
- Visit the Beyond the 5A's website for post conference resources
- CME/CEU credit for SCLC webinars
- SCLC/SAMHSA Leadership Academies for Wellness and Smoking Cessation Initiative
- SCLC and Pfizer IGLC collaborated to award over $4.5 million in grants focused on smoking cessation to 39 organizations nationwide.
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