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States Should Fund Quit-Smoking Treatments: Experts
Date:11/13/2008

(California, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota and Rhode Island) have laws or regulatory standards requiring insurance companies to provide cessation coverage.
  • Only seven states (Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon and Pennsylvania) provide comprehensive tobacco-cessation coverage for Medicaid recipients.
  • Only six states (Alabama, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, North Dakota and New Mexico) provide comprehensive coverage for state employees.
  • "Millions of dollars and countless lives could be save each year if more smokers quit," Bernadette Toomey, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, said in a news release. "Smoking's devastating toll in death and suffering is well known. Nearly every family has been touched by tobacco-related illness. But what's less known is the tremendous burden that treating these ailments places on our economy. States cannot continue to ignore this unfortunate reality."

    "One adult in five smokes; that's more than 43 million Americans," Toomey added. "Helping smokers quit benefits us all, smokers and nonsmokers alike."

    More information

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about quitting smoking.



    -- Robert Preidt



    SOURCE: American Lung Association, news release, Nov. 13, 2008


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