American Lung Association in Georgia to offer ‘quit smoking’ support to residents of public housing

In advance of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s smoke free housing rule requiring all public housing to be smoke free by July 31, 2018, the American Lung Association in Georgia, with support from the Amerigroup Foundation, will offer quit smoking support for residents. Through the Smoking Cessation for Low Income Housing Residents initiative, the Lung Association will work with Public Housing Agencies and other local partners to provide smokers wanting to quit access to proven-effective tobacco cessation services such as Freedom From Smoking.

“While we applaud the new smoke free policy to protect the thousands of Georgia’s public housing residents from secondhand smoke, we also understand that quitting smoking can be difficult for those residents that smoke,” said Ateya Wilson, Director of Health Promotions of the American Lung Association in Georgia. “We are proud to partner with the Amerigroup Foundation and local organizations to provide access to free quit smoking counseling and support — which is key to helping individuals overcome smoking addiction.”

Smoking can cause or worsen numerous diseases and conditions, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease and more.

“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, and over 70 percent of smokers want to quit but just don’t know how to start that process,” said Melvin Lindsey, President of Amerigroup’s Georgia Health Plan. “We are proud to team with the American Lung Association to offer quit smoking guidance and support, as well as help prevent tobacco-related illnesses.”

The American Lung Association will work with community partners to bring proven, effective tobacco cessation programs such as Freedom From Smoking which has helped over one million smokers quit. To learn more about how to quit smoking, call the Lung Association’s toll-free Lung Helpline 1-800-LUNGUSA, or learn more about Freedom From Smoking at Lung.org/ffs.

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