Navigation Links
Help is Available for Smokers Who Want to Quit as Minnesota's Smoke-Free Law Takes Effect Oct. 1

Statement from Mark W. Banks, M.D., CEO of Blue Cross

EAGAN, Minn., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- "As the state implements the new smoke-free law on October 1, Minnesotans should know FREE support is available for anyone who wants to quit smoking and that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota stands ready to help its members with the BluePrint for Health(R) stop-smoking program," said Mark W. Banks, M.D., CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross).

"Historically, when other states have gone smoke-free, requests for help to quit smoking have increased. We expect the same thing to happen here in Minnesota. Quitting is hard, but with medication and phone coaching, a smoker's odds of quitting can be greatly improved."

Since the BluePrint for Health(R) program's inception in May of 2000, Blue Cross has enrolled nearly 35,000 members with an average quit rate of 29 percent. Nationally, only around 5 percent of smokers are successful in their quit attempts.

"The negative health effects of secondhand smoke are staggering," Banks continued. "More than $215 million is spent each year in Minnesota to treat health conditions caused by exposure to secondhand smoke and another 580 deaths are caused by secondhand smoke exposure. Knowing what's at risk, we're pleased that Minnesota has become the 20th state to protect all workers from the harms of secondhand smoke," Banks concluded.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Artificial discs available as replacements for damaged discs
2. Tumour marker for detecting early Recurrence of Thyroid cancer may be soon available
3. Drugs Banned worldwide still available in India
4. Estimates For Number Of HIV/AIDS Deaths In India Still Not Available
5. Medical Management Now Available For Miscarriage
6. Rich countries stock piling anti flu drugs with no stocks available for poor countries
7. FDA Approved Nerve-Stimulation Therapy Now Available In New York
8. Relief for HIV/AIDS patients: ART therapy now available in India
9. New AIDS drugs not available in Africa
10. Breast Cancer Drug Should Be Made Widely Available
11. Inhaled Insulin To Be Made Available in India
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... An unlikely combination of recycled plastic ... for homeless people to have a more dignified and comfortable night’s sleep. , ... are repurposing plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. The project, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Since its launch in 2012, the Regenestem ... cell therapies to patients with chronic degenerative medical conditions. Now, the U.S. Patent ... (RTM). , Organizations are required to hold a registered trademark in order to ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Genesis Chiropractic Software helps practice owners automate ... between the practice owner and the patient that automatically manages all five aspects ... Click here to learn more. , According to Dr. Brian ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... New patients who wish to seek treatment for ... implants at her Mississauga, ON practice. Dr. Williams has been providing dental service ... implants. , Missing teeth can lead to a variety of complications if they ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... ThirdLove, the ... sale a week early, offering 40% off select bras and underwear styles, now ... through both mobile fit technology and the latest fashion, quickly becoming the next ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... Nov. 25, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... "Membranes Market - Global Forecast to 2020" report ... , accounting for 37.21% of the total market share ... region is projected to growth at the ... been attributed primarily to the fast growing water, industrial ...
(Date:11/24/2015)...  Thanks to a donor with a personal connection ... Sister Diane Grassilli Center for Women,s Health now offers ... San Francisco . Fred Ruhland ... a gift of $617,320 that allowed the Center to ... and Whole Breast Ultrasound. Tomosynthesis, three-dimensional (3-D) mammography for ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... COMMACK , Nueva York ... Avery Biomedical Devices (ABD), fabricante del Avery Breathing ... Anders Jonzon , MD; Ph.D. como consultor ...   --> Foto - ... --> El doctor Jonzon es un ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: