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Report: NY smoking cessation coverage is “inadequate”

Report: NY smoking cessation coverage is “inadequate”

A new report shows New York State’s coverage for helping people quit smoking is not where it should be.

The report from the American Lung Association says the Affordable Care Act has improved overall coverage, but many states have not followed by example.

Spokesperson Michael Seilback says the report shows that there are far too many barriers to smokers who want to quit.

“With the Affordable Care Act, we have lots of new people coming into the health care system,” Seilback said. “We need to remove obstacles out there preventing those people from quitting smoking.”

Seilback says the state should cover all 7 recommended treatments for quitting, including phone counseling, which he says has proven to be effective.

More than 25,000 New Yorkers die each year from smoking.

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