Resolution on Smoking Cessation

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments encourages states and the federal government to support smoking cessation initiatives and the coverage of smoking cessation therapies to assist individuals in their efforts to quit smoking while reducing the cost burden of the complications from tobacco use on the Medicaid program and the economy;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments urges state legislatures and state health officials to include the coverage of smoking cessation programs and treatments in their prevention and wellness initiatives with the goal of decreasing total health costs while improving the productivity of employees.
 

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WHEREAS, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States with over 20 percent of the population considered to be active smokers;

WHEREAS, cigarette smoking related deaths each year have included been the result of various conditions, including lung cancer, chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, other cancers, stroke and other conditions;

WHEREAS, an estimated 1,000 children under the age of 18 begin smoking every day;

WHEREAS, smoking has been shown to result in lost working productivity in the amount of $96.7 billion per year;

WHEREAS, related worker productivity losses account for $97.6 billion as a result of tobacco use account for

WHEREAS, in 2004 it was estimated that the annual direct health care costs related to smoking reached approximately $98.6 billion, with 32 percent of those expenses covered by the Medicaid program;

WHEREAS, beyond the cost savings that may be achieved from smoking cessation, it has been determined that the benefits of quitting smoking can result in an average 7.1 years of life per quitter;

WHEREAS, The CDC estimates that over 47 percent of smoking adults attempt to quit each year and that effective treatment options double the successful quit;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments encourages states and the federal government to support smoking cessation initiatives and the coverage of smoking cessation therapies to assist individuals in their efforts to quit smoking while reducing the cost burden of the complications from tobacco use on the Medicaid program and the economy;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments urges state legislatures and state health officials to include the coverage of smoking cessation programs and treatments in their prevention and wellness initiatives with the goal of decreasing total health costs while improving the productivity of employees.

Adopted this 14th Day of November, 2007 at the CSG Annual State Trends and Leadership Forum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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