In November 2008, a national workgroup released a call for ACTTION (Access to Cessation Treatment for Tobacco In Our Nation): An Action Plan to Address the Lack of Access to Tobacco-Use Treatment. ACTTION asks four essential sectors to take concrete steps to increase treatment. The goal is to expand access to comprehensive tobacco-cessation treatment to 50 percent of smokers by 2015 and all smokers by 2010. Call for ACTTION needs to be endorsed, disseminated and acted on by multiple sectors. The sectors and a sampling of recommended steps include:
Tobacco Control/Public Health Advocates
All of these groups should promote the inclusion of cost-effective preventive services—such as tobacco-use treatment—in health reform proposals.
This article is part of a special issue on tobacco cessation in the March 2010 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.