Field of Work: Identifying ways to increase the use of evidence-based tobacco-cessation programs.
Problem Synopsis: More than 70 percent of all current smokers want to quit, but only 3 percent to 4 percent of smokers are able to quit permanently without counseling or drugs. This figure rises substantially when smokers receive counseling and/or medication. Although numerous, effective smoking-cessation treatments exist, many Americans do not have ready access to such treatments.
Synopsis of the Work: From 2002 to 2006, RWJF supported two projects designed to promote the use of evidence-based tobacco-cessation treatments and services. Staff at the American Cancer Society created the Center for Tobacco Cessation, which operated an online resource center (now defunct) to expand the use of evidence-based tobacco-cessation treatments. Staff at the Academy for Educational Development ran the Consumer Demand Roundtable, a forum for tobacco-cessation experts to generate recommendations for increasing consumer demand for cessation products and services.
Key Results: Project staff at the Center for Tobacco Cessation:
Project staff at the Academy for Educational Development:
Key Recommendations: Recommendations from participants in the Center for Tobacco Cessation's Policy Roundtable on Statewide Cessation Services included: