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Policy & Advocacy

The education of policy makers, the public and private health community and general public on the health and economic benefits of tobacco quitlines is an important part of NAQC’s work. We invite you to explore this section to learn more about NAQC’s policy and advocacy work.

Note: Please click on the links below to access the appropriate sections of the website.

Tobacco Warning Labels
New developments have taken place in US and Canada in placement of telephone numbers as part of the health warnings for tobacco products. These enhanced health warnings inform smokers about the risks of smoking, encourage them to quit, and link them with evidence-based treatment services for their quit attempt. Click here to access new updates and available resources.

Making the Case for Quitline Funding
Funding and sustainability for the quitline community is critical to its success. With that in mind, NAQC works with its members, public and private health agencies, and partners on activities to increase visibility of quitlines among the public and policymakers; engages, as appropriate,in policy activities impacting quitlines and offer tools and resources to support these efforts. Click here to learn more about materials that are available for making the case for quitlines.

Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Quitline Sustainability
The formation of public-private partnerships can be a viable option for ensuring quitline sustainability and continued access to evidence-based services for all tobacco users wanting to quit. Forming public-private partnerships can be challenging and time consuming, however states have demonstrated success by taking the time to plan, educate and engage both private and private insurers in the process. Click here to learn more.

Medicaid Coverage
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a series of changes to their coverage for tobacco cessation services and identified ways states can elect to expand coverage. In order to aid states in developing their relationship with Medicaid, NAQC has developed a number of resources and a series of interactive webinars. For more information, please click here.

Cessation Services
NAQC strives to raise the visibility of quitlines among policymakers; seeks increased coverage for cessation services, including quitlines; promotes quitlines during policy changes; and advocates on behalf of quitlines when federal policies occur that impact quitlines. Please visit this section to find important resources and online tools as well as learn about ways to maximize cessation benefit from policy changes.

Promoting Quitlines During Policy Changes
NAQC has developed a number of tools (Policy Playbook)and resources (case study repository)to the quitline community to promote quitlines during policy changes such as increases in tobacco taxes and smoke-free policies. Click here to access these materials.

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