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Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General – Information and Resources

Wednesday, February 12, 2020  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce the release of the new report, Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General – Information and ResourcesBelow is a communication from CDC with a listing of materials providing an overview of the report, key findings, and answers to questions that you or others might have about the report.


Linda A. Bailey, JD, MHS
President and CEO
Dear Colleagues

Today U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams is releasing a new report titled “Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General” [PDF] at a press conference in Washington D.C. You can view this event live at 10:00am EST via Webcast If you cannot watch this event live, it will be archived on the HHS YouTube channel.
This is the first Surgeon General’s report since 1990 to focus solely on smoking cessation. The report:
  • Discusses patterns of adult smoking and smoking cessation in the U.S.;
  • Updates findings on the biology of addiction and smoking cessation;
  • Reviews the immediate- and long-term health benefits of smoking cessation;
  • Examines clinical treatments and tools, including counseling and medications, proven to increase smoking cessation; and
  • Highlights population-based strategies proven to increase smoking cessation.

Post-Release Conference Call

We invite you to attend a post-release conference call on Thursday, January 23, where U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams will provide a detailed overview of the major conclusions of the Surgeon General’s Report.
  • Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Time: 3:30– 4:00pm (EST)
  • Conference Line:800-832-0736
  • Conference Room Number:5775815

Surgeon General Report Resources

The following materials provide an overview of the report, key findings, and answers to questions that you or others might have about the report. All of these materials can be found on the following page:Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon Generalor you can click on each item below:
  • Surgeon General Report- Read the first Surgeon General's Report that focuses solely on smoking cessation since 1990, highlighting what we currently know about the health benefits of cessation and proven interventions to help people quit smoking. ViewSurgeon General Report[PDF].
  • Executive Summary: This summarizes the major content of the report, including overall and chapter specific conclusions. View theExecutive Summary[PDF].
  • Key Findings Fact Sheet: Provides an overview of the key findings and messages from the report. View theKey Findings Fact Sheet.
  • Consumer Guide: Provides an easy to read overview of the Surgeon General’s report and its findings. Also provides and overview of smoking cessation resources. View theConsumer Guide[PDF].

Follow Us on Social Media

Stay up to date on the Surgeon General Report launch events, post launch activities and share additional Surgeon General Report 2020 content, by following these social media profiles:

Share Social Media Messages

Use these tweets, posts and images to share the Surgeon General Report’s findings and point to resources via your social media channels. Please share the attached images along with these social media posts.
  • Twitter: No matter how old you are or how long you have been smoking, quitting can improve your health. Read more in the latest report from @Surgeon_General: #CessationSGR
  • Facebook: 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. No matter how old you are or how long you have been smoking, quitting can improve your health. Learn more about the benefits of quitting in the new report from @USSurgeonGeneral: #CessationSGR

Visit the Surgeon General Report Partner Toolkit

This digital partner toolkit, available, is a one-stop shop for media and communications resources from the Surgeon General’s Report, with ideas for how you can use these materials to share report findings and calls to the action with the media and your stakeholders. The toolkit includes the HHS news release, fact sheets, videos, a Consumer Guide, and social media content, message and images.

Share the CDC Feature Article:Quit Smoking for Better Health

Today, the feature article"Quit Smoking for Better Health"is available on The article provides an overview of the new Surgeon General’s report and provides access to supporting resources and materials. We encourage you to share the article with your constituents.

We invite you to contact us atSGReports@cdc.govif you have questions.

This new Surgeon General’s Report makes it clear - one of the most important actions people can take to improve their health is to quit smoking. This Report calls for immediate, coordinated action to sustain and accelerate our progress in increasing smoking cessation and reducing smoking rates. Working together, we can help end tobacco-related disease and death in the United States. Thank you for your support and commitment to smoking cessation.


CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health

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