February 23rd, 2018
A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presents the prevalence of cigarette smoking at any time during pregnancy among women who gave birth in 2016 in the United States by state of residence as well as maternal race and Hispanic origin, age, and educational attainment. In 2016, 7.2% of women who gave birth smoked cigarettes during pregnancy, smoking during pregnancy was highest for women aged 20-24, smoking during pregnancy was highest among women with a completed high school education.
We are very happy to announce that registration is now open for this year’s Day at the Capitol!This year’s event will be held on May 1st, 2018, at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. The primary advocacy topics of focus will be to educate legislators on sustaining Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) dollars to support necessary tobacco cessation and prevention programs and services, as well as the importance of increasing the minimum legal age of sale for tobacco products to 21 to eliminate or reduce youth tobacco initiation.
A new report released by National Alliance on Mental Illness in Kansas highlights the return on investment of supporting comprehensive smoking cessation for the Medicaid population with behavioral health disorders. The economic impact of providing smoking cessation treatment through the Medicaid for a population of adults with particularly high smoking rates and expected healthcare expenditures-those with severe mental illness and/or a substance use disorder. Due to the high health care costs that result from smoking-related illness, reducing smoking is projected to help Kansas’ economy.