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AMA Supports New American Lung Association Report Showing Economic Benefits of Smoking Cessation Programs

Encourages states to implement evidence-based smoking cessation programs

For immediate release:
Sept. 14, 2010

Statement attributable to:
Barbara McAneny, MD
Board Member, American Medical Association

“The cost associated with treating tobacco-related illness in the United States is estimated at $96 billion. Smoking cessation programs have been shown to successfully help smokers quit – lowering the risk for smoking-related diseases and the high costs associated with treating them. The American Lung Association report clearly demonstrates the cost benefits to states that implement an evidenced-based comprehensive tobacco cessation program.

“According to this report, states could see a return of approximately $1.26 for every dollar spent.  No other public health measure, including breast cancer or diabetes screening, sees the economic benefits of smoking cessation.

“The AMA remains committed to helping smokers quit. We are currently developing new online tools for physicians to help their patients quit smoking and educational resources on the dangers of secondhand smoke. We continue advocating for the passage of legislation to reduce tobacco’s toll. The AMA encourages state governments to implement smoking cessation programs to improve the health of their state’s economy and their residents.”

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Lisa Lecas
AMA Media Relations

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