Tobacco Policy Trend Report: Helping Smokers Quit: State Cessation Coverage

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Publisher: American Lung Association

Author(s): American Lung Association

Research Area: Health

Type: Report


Smoking cessation treatments have long been recognized for their medical- and cost-effectiveness. Yet, cessation treatments are not provided as widely as they should be. Based on original research as well as a review of existing literature, this report, supported by RWJF, details cessation coverage provided by states through Medicaid programs, state employee health plans, standards for private insurance and quitlines. It provides a list of common barriers to smoking cessation coverage and recommendations from the American Lung Association to improve state coverage of cessation treatments.