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A National Action Plan for Tobacco Cessation:
Preventing 3 Millions Deaths, Helping 5 Million Smokers Quit

In the summer of 2002, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson asked Dr. Michael Fiore, UW-CTRI director, to chair the Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health Subcommittee on Cessation and charged the 16-member subcommittee with the responsibility of developing a set of bold, science-based action steps that the federal government could undertake to dramatically reduce tobacco use rates in America.

On February 11, 2003, Dr. Fiore presented A National Plan for Tobacco Cessation to the ICSH in Washington, D.C.-- a plan to promote smoking cessation, reduce smoking prevalence and prevent millions from starting to smoke.

The Action Plan was published in the February 2004 edition of The American Journal of Public Health, endorsed by an editorial written by three former U.S. Surgeons General, and announced in a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Since that time, Sec. Thompson implemented one of the recommendations, the creation of a national quitline network.

The Cessation Subcommittee’s Work

Primary Recommendations of the National Action Plan

Fact Sheet

A National Action Plan for Tobacco Cessation (Entire document -- PDF)

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