Below you will find resources relating to the issue of Tobacco Cessation.
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Coverage of Tobacco Cessation Benefits (2015)
Fact sheet that addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about how the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act affect insurance coverage for tobacco cessation benefits as a type of substance use disorder.
Consortium Testimony - FDA Public Hearing on NRT - 12-17-2012
Testimony of Kathleen Hoke Dachille on behalf of the Consortium, at FDA hearing on issues related to the regulation of nicotine replacement therapies, urging FDA to develop a comprehensive plan for regulating tobacco and nicotine products (Dec. 17, 2012).
American Journal of Preventive Medicine Supplement: "Minnesota’s Investment in Applied Tobacco Control Research: Findings to Inform Practice and Policy" - November 2012
Public Health Law Center staff authored three articles in the November 2012 supplement to the peer-reviewed American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The supplementfeatured eight articles from ClearWay Minnesota-funded research grantees, five articles from ClearWay Minnesota-funded research projects, a review article by two experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a commentary by Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for Taft-Hartley Funds (2011)
This WorkSHIFTS toolkit includes 21 fact sheets that provide user-friendly information about best practices for providing and promoting cessation benefits for blue-collar workers in Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare Funds.
Tobacco Behind Bars: Policy Options for the Adult Correctional Population - A Policy Options Brief (2012)
Examination of the current state of tobacco control policies in local and state prisons and jails in the U.S., the health care cost of tobacco use among the correctional population, regulatory challenges with correctional tobacco-and smoke-free policies, and policy options and opportunities.
Tobacco and Juvenile Offenders: Breaking the Cycle - A Policy Options Brief (2012)
Examination of the current state of tobacco control policies in juvenile residential correctional facilities and detention centers, the prevalence of tobacco use among juvenile offenders, challenges with tobacco cessation services in the juvenile justice system, and policy options and opportunities.
Tobacco in Adult Correctional Facilities: A Policy Overview (2012)
Overview of problems of tobacco use in U.S. adult correctional facilities, cost impact of tobacco use by the correctional population, challenges and obstacles faced by facilities in implementing tobacco-free policies, and guidelines for developing effective tobacco policies in U.S. correctional facilities.
Tobacco in Juvenile Facilities: A Policy Overview (2012)
Overview of tobacco use among youth in the juvenile justice system, the types of tobacco cessation programs available in juvenile facilities and the challenges that exist in providing these programs, and possible approaches to reducing tobacco use by high-risk youth.
An Evaluation of Health Benefit Modification in Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare Funds (2010)
An estimated one fifth of all U.S. adult smokers receive health benefits through insurance plans administered by Taft–Hartley Health and Welfare Funds. Most funds do not offer comprehensive tobacco-cessation services to fund participants despite evidence that doing so would
be cost effective and save lives. This paper examines the decision-making processes of Minnesota-based fund trustees and advisors to identify factors that influence decisions about modifications to benefits. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Caroline M. Au-Yeung, Susan R. Weisman et al.
Newsletters by WorkSHIFTS providing information about the health and economic impacts of tobacco use among blue-collar workers and the potential cost savings and health benefits associated with tobacco cessation coverage.
The Role of Labor Organizations in Tobacco Control: What Do Unionized Workers Think?
A journal article summarizing the results of a phone survey of unionized workers regarding their knowledge and attitudes about tobacco use, harm associated with workplace exposure to secondhand smoke and the role of labor unions in addressing worksite smoking and cessation coverage policies.
Rebecca J. Mitchell, Susan R. Weisman, Resa M. Jones, Darin Erickson. American Journal of Health Promotion, Jan/Feb 2009.
Taft-Hartley Health & Welfare Funds: Evaluating the Need for Cessation Benefits
From 2006 to 2008, WorkSHIFTS conducted a study of the process by which Minnesota Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare Fund trustees make decisions about possible modifications to existing health plan benefits, in particular, modifications regarding the provision and promotion of tobacco cessation services. The study also examined health care plan participants’ perceptions about having their unions, Taft-Hartley Funds, and employers provide and promote tobacco cessation resources. The results of this study have been applied to the design of an intervention that will encourage Taft-Hartley Funds to provide and promote tobacco cessation services in existing health care plans. 2008
A Union Guide to Tobacco: Tobacco and Labor Unions (2004)
A WorkSHIFTS resource, developed in collaboration with union leaders, that provides critical information about health harms and costs associated with tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke among blue-collar workers, as well as legal guidance and policy tools for developing and implementing workplace policies.
A WorkSHIFTS resource that provides management personnel with information about health harms and costs associated with tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke among blue-collar workers, as well as legal guidance and policy tools for developing and implementing workplace policies.