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PA Professional Fire Fighters Association is First State Association in Nation to Offer Smoking Cessation Program
Date:6/2/2009

health of fire fighters across Pennsylvania."

Following the national lead of the International Association of Fire Fighters, the PPFFA is the first state fire fighter association in the country and the first organized union in Pennsylvania to attempt to become tobacco free. The initiative includes all cigarettes and other smoking products. The PPFFA is working closely with its local affiliates to ensure that this policy is adopted at the local level and that all fire fighters have access to comprehensive smoking cessation treatments through their health care insurers. These treatments, which are recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include all FDA-approved over-the-counter and prescription medications, counseling and multiple quit attempts.

"The American Lung Association is pleased to partner with the PPFFA in its smoking cessation efforts and in helping any fire fighters to conquer their nicotine addiction," Brown said. "It's through the leadership of organizations like the PPFFA that smokers across Pennsylvania can be energized to quit. With improved access to comprehensive smoking cessation treatments, Pennsylvanians have an opportunity to bring about a truly smoke-free commonwealth."

Smoking is the number-one cause of premature death and a significant contributor to heart disease, lung disease, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It contributes to more than a dozen types of cancers, many of which are often fatal, and smoking is the leading cause of fires, including fires that have claimed the lives of so many PPFFA members.

Studies have shown that while 70 percent of smokers want to quit, fewer than five percent who quit on their own do it successfully. Smokers need access need access to comprehensive smoking cessation treatments and the ability to create individualized quit plans with their health care providers. The PPFFA tobacco free initiative will encourage
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