National Action Plan for Tobacco Cessation:
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.
Cessation Subcommittee’s Work
Recommendations of the National Action Plan
National Action Plan for Tobacco Cessation (Entire document -- PDF)