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Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health

Meeting Summary: February 11, 2003

National Action Plan for Tobacco Cessation

Public Comment

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


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