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! 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
- Register Now! SCLC and ATTUD's webinar, "Ecigarettes: Challenges for Clinicians", with Drs. Pamela Ling and Jonathan Foulds on April 23, 2014 at 1:00pm ET/ 10:00am PT (90 minutes)
- NEW! Webinar recording available for FREE CME/CEU credit: "50th Anniversary of the SGR on Smoking and Health: Where Are We Now?"
- 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
- JAMA's special issue on the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health
- Visit the Beyond the 5A's website for post conference resources
- The Promising Practices Conference: To Promote Tobacco-free Active Living and Healthy Eating in Low Socioeconomic Status Communities, will be held in Washington D.C., on April 28th - 29th, 2014.
- 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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