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December 2010 Tobacco Control in the News

Decreases in Hospitalizations for Cardiovascular Disease Due to MassHealth Benefit

December 8, 2010 - Researchers in Massachusetts have shown that significant annualized declines of 46% and 49% were observed in hospital admissions for acute myocardial infarction and other acute coronary heart disease diagnoses, respectively, after the state’s Medicaid program adopted comprehensive coverage of tobacco cessation medications in July 2006.  Read more.

Innovative Cessation Therapy

December 7, 2010 - Researchers have been experimenting with ways to make psychotherapy more accessible to people who cannot come in to see a therapist regularly. The pilot study on using cessation interventions via telephone yielded some promising outcomes, with 29% of participants no longer smoking after one year. According the authors of the study, this success rate is more than twice that of other telephone interventions and comparable to face-to-face interventions.  Read more.

Quitting Smoking Makes People Happy

December 2, 2010 - Cigarettes have been thought to decrease anxiety and depression, however, recent research suggests that smokers are happier when they are being successful at quitting smoking. The study concludes that quitting is not a grim psychological sacrifice, as some smokers believe, but rather a step to improve mental and physical health.  Read more.

Study Confirms Racial Disparities in Smoking-Attribute Mortality and Years Potential Life Lost

December 1, 2010 - Each year cigarette smoking and exposure to second hand smoke cause 443,000 deaths in the U.S., costing $96 billion in healthcare costs and $97 billion in lost productivity. In order to help decrease the number of deaths smoking causes each year states have implemented comprehensive tobacco control programs that identify disparities among population groups and target those disproportionately affected by tobacco use.  Read more.

ARRA Funds Tobacco Cessation Projects at NCI

December 1, 2010 - The National Cancer Institute is putting American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to good use in saving lives from tobacco related illness. The Tobacco Control Research Branch sponsors a variety of interventions that are presently supported by these funds including web-based, telephonic, and social media strategies to help people quit smoking. Effectiveness research is also underway to add to current scientific knowledge about what does and doesn’t work.  Read more.

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