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February 11, 2003: National Action Plan for Tobacco Cessation

Ten individuals offered public comments (see attached list). Each of the ten individuals urged the ICSH to approve the Action Plan and forward it to Secretary Thompson. Several people emphasized the importance of the recommendation to include evidence-based counseling and medications in benefits packages for all Federal beneficiaries as a way to "lead by example." Others talked about the strong evidence base supporting price increases as a way to increase cessation, reduce consumption and prevent youth from starting to use tobacco products. The recommendation to fund a national quitline which would provide counseling and medications was also strongly endorsed and the importance of a media campaign to accompany this effort was emphasized. Finally, several individuals talked about the need for ongoing research as well as clinician training in the tools and methods for cessation intervention.

Individuals Providing Public Comment

  • Reverend Cynthia Abrams, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church
  • Linda Bailey, Center for Tobacco Cessation
  • Matt Barry, on behalf of Partners for Effective Tobacco Policy (a coalition of 60+ members)
  • Maris Bondi, on behalf of John Clymer, President, Partnership for Prevention
  • Ron Davis, on behalf of the American Medical Association
  • Tom Glynn, American Cancer Society
  • Benjamin Good, on behalf of Dr. Bruce Fye, President of the American College of Cardiology
  • Laura Hamasaka, American Legacy Foundation
  • Jack Henningfield, Professor of Behavioral Biology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • John Pinney, Pinney Associates

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