Items of Interest

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), raising taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products is the best way to save lives as well as billions of dollars in health expenditures.

Rep. Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) have just reintroduced the Quit Because of COVID-19 Act  to provide Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage of certain tobacco cessation services during COVID-19 and for 2 years after the emergency period ends.

The Director of the UCSF Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC), discusses a hidden but potentially disastrous consequence of the COVID-19 epidemic is its effect on smoking. In light of stalled progress in smoking cessation gains, Dr.

A new report released from the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC), confirms just over 525,000 calls were made to state quitlines through 1-800-QUIT-NOW in 2020, a 27% decrease from 2019 numbers and the lowest level seen since 2007. The group compiled data from 53 state and territorial quitlines in the U.S., including the 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and Guam.

A recent research study from the University of Michigan has reported that vaping THC could be riskier for teen’s health than vaping nicotine or smoking. 

In December of 2020, Truth Initiative and Kaiser Permanente, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, officially launched a national youth vaping prevention curriculum Vaping: Know the truth. The curriculum is a digital 4-lesson learning experience that provides young people with the facts about e-cigarette use and nicotine addiction.