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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.
Nearly all adult smokers first try cigarettes before age 18 years, and adolescents can show symptoms of nicotine dependence within days to weeks of the onset of occasional cigarette smoking. Having a usual cigarette brand among adolescent smokers could reflect exposure and receptivity to pro-tobacco advertising and tobacco product appeal. During 2012-2016, the top three brands usually smoked by U.S. middle and high school current cigarette smokers were Marlboro, Newport, and Camel; these brands also were the top three favorite cigarette ads reported by current cigarette smokers in middle and high school in 2012. Reducing youth-oriented tobacco marketing, as part of a comprehensive approach in concert with other evidence-based strategies could help reduce the acceptability, affordability, and use of tobacco products among youth.
The American Lung Association released the results of its 16th annual State of Tobacco Control report. This report tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are protecting citizens from tobacco-caused death and disease. This year’s report finds that while smoking rates are declining nationwide, progress is uneven and not all Americans are benefiting equally. The report identifies ways to protect everyone, including those historically targeted by the tobacco industry, from the harms of tobacco use and secondhand smoke. The purpose of the report is to increase knowledge about tobacco control policy and is not reflective of the life-saving tobacco prevention and cessation programs currently provided in the Commonwealth.