NEW ORLEANS – Now in the fourth year of its 10-year program, the Smoking Cessation Trust crossed a major milestone by exceeding 50,000 applicants (50,014, as of March 21), who have made the commitment to do one of the hardest things they will probably ever do in their lives—quit smoking.
According to the 2015 America’s Health Rankings® Report from the United Health Foundation, Louisiana presently ranks 46 out of 50 states for tobacco use, with nearly a quarter of the state’s residents smoking. The Trust, which has members in every parish of the state, is working towards its goal of helping 210,000 Louisianans become smoke-free by 2022.
The Smoking Cessation Trust, which began in 2012, is the result of a court judgment in a 14-year-old class action lawsuit entitled Scott v. American Tobacco Company. The judgment became final in 2011 and ordered certain tobacco companies to fund a statewide, 10-year smoking cessation program to benefit more than 200,000 Louisiana smokers who are members of the plaintiff class (the "Scott Class").
The recipient of the award was a court-established and court-supervised smoking cessation program to benefit all Louisiana residents who smoked a cigarette before September 1, 1988.
Applicants who register for the smoking cessation program and are approved (usually in one day) as qualified recipients will be eligible to receive any of the following cessation services completely free: cessation medications (such as Zyban® and Chantix®), nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patch, lozenge, inhaler, nasal spray), individual/ group cessation counseling, telephone quit-line support, and/or intensive cessation support services.
By using these services, evidence suggests that participants will increase the success rate of attempts to stop smoking, and may successfully quit for good.
“As cigarette taxes increase and smoke-free ordinances continue to go into effect across Louisiana, we are seeing more people take advantage of the free resources available through the Smoking Cessation Trust to help them give up cigarettes,” said Mike Rogers, CEO, Smoking Cessation Trust Management Services.
For more information or to apply, visit the Smoking Cessation Trust’s website at www.smokefreela.org; call locally at 504-529-5665 or toll-free at 855-259-6346.
Posted on Tue, April 5, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette