Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death and illness.
There are 37.8 million current smokers in the U.S., and 70% say that they would like to quit, but without assistance, less than 5% are able to stop smoking.
Our mission at the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) is to decrease smoking rates and increase the number of health professionals who help smokers quit.
Over the last 15 years, SCLC has helped save numerous lives by leading smoking-cessation education and advocacy efforts across the country. However, there is still much work to do and many lives to save.
We aim to drive health systems transformation and deliver sustainable solutions through providing technical assistance, organizing leadership summits, bringing together catalytic leaders, and producing national webinars for education. We develop synergistic partnerships for results, and have established over 100 partnerships with dental hygienists, nurses, pharmacists, emergency physicians, hospitals, family physicians, mental health and substance abuse providers, advocates, and leadership.
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.