|[November 15, 2012]
HHS Launches BeTobaccoFree.gov
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the launch of BeTobaccoFree.gov,
a comprehensive website providing one-stop access to the best and most
up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies. This
consolidated resource includes general information on tobacco, federal
and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based
methods on how to quit.
"Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of premature and
preventable death in the United States," said HHS Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius. "BeTobaccoFree.gov builds upon the Obama administration's
commitment to help tobacco users quit and prevent children from starting
to use tobacco products."
uses responsive design, making information accessible anywhere, anytime
on any platform, from smart phone to tablet to desktop. The website's
unique social media dashboard, "Say it - Share it," constantly provides
real time updates from HHS tobacco related social media accounts,
including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (News - Alert), Infographics, Podcasts, and Tumblr.
"HHS is committed to using technology to help Americans lead longer
healthier lives," said Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh,
M.D., M.P.H. "Today, as we commemorate the American Cancer Society's
Great American Smokeout, the launch of BeTobaccoFree.gov demonstrates
our dedication to reducing the harms from tobacco use. Regardless of
age, those who stop smoking and using tobacco can substantially reduce
their risk for disease."
During the last three years, HHS increased efforts to reducetobacco use
by coordinating across its agencies, to provide Americans with access to
available cessation and education tools. A few key accomplishments
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, most private health insurance
plans must now cover without cost-sharing tobacco use screening and
cessation interventions for tobacco users.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched Tips
From Former Smokers, a national education campaign that featured
former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) built a national
science-based tobacco product regulation program to reduce the impact
of tobacco use on the nation's health, especially among youth, such as
enforcing the ban on cigarettes with characterizing flavors other than
menthol like candy and fruit, as well as other restrictions on tobacco
products and marketing.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently launched Quitpal, a free
smartphone app to support smokers working to become smoke-free.
The Surgeon General released Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and
Young Adults. This 2012 report detailed the scope, health
consequences and influences that lead to youth tobacco use and proven
strategies that prevent its use.
Just today, CDC, in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report,
released new information indicating that 30 of America's 50 largest
cities are now protected by comprehensive laws that prohibit smoking in
all indoor areas of private workplaces, restaurants and bars. The
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also released
a new report today, showing that current cigarette smoking rates among
12-to 17-year-olds fell significantly from 2002 to 2010 in 41 states.
Collectively, these actions better enable the United States to
accelerate progress toward achieving the national Healthy People
objectives of reducing adult smoking from 19 percent to 12 percent and
reducing smoking among high school students from 18.1 percent to 16
percent by 2020.
for information on helping tobacco users quit and providing young people
with information on avoiding or ending tobacco use.
Here is The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) new report http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k12/NSDUH112/SR112StateEstAdolCigUse2012.htm
For more information on the Surgeon General released Preventing Tobacco
Use Among Youth and young Adults, please visit http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/preventing-youth-tobacco-use/index.html
For more information on CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report,
please visit http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/
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