The numbers are alarming:
Nearly 40 million American adults still smoke – despite the evidence of the dangers of tobacco use
Almost 500,000 Americans die prematurely each year either because they themselves smoked or were exposed to second-hand smoke
Smoking-related diseases cost the U.S. nearly $170 billion in medical care each year
Even nine years after being diagnosed with cancer, nearly 10 percent of survivors still smoke cigarettes – and more than 80 percent smoke daily
American Lung Association. http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/
“These numbers underscore the need for a collaborative approach to tobacco-free living,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health, and President of the CVS Health Foundation. "We're pleased to bring additional resources and capabilities to the public health community and work collaboratively with our expert partners to help those who smoke to quit and to ensure that those who don't smoke never start."
These resources include:
Grants to Cancer Hospitals
In 2017, the CVS Health Foundation will invest nearly $1 million to address smoking cessation in the oncology setting across several of the nation's leading cancer hospitals. Grants will fund educational videos, smoking cessation apps, and enhanced screening protocols. In addition, funds will support the hiring of wellness coaches and tobacco treatment specialists, enabling each cancer institute to reach more at-risk patient populations.
The partnership is one component of Be The First, our five-year, $50 million commitment to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. Be The First is funded through CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation, and comprises comprehensive anti-smoking education, tobacco control advocacy and healthy behavior programming in partnership with organizations uniquely positioned to tackle this public health challenge.
CVS Health has been a presenting sponsor for the American Lung Association’s (ALA) LUNG FORCE since the program’s inception in 2014. Through our annual in-store campaign, customers can help support ALA’s vital mission of tobacco prevention and cessation education, research and advocacy.