Joint Initiative Offers Program to Help African-Americans Quit Smoking

The American Lung Association is launching a joint effort with the National Urban League and the CVS Health Foundation aimed at reducing the smoking rate among African-Americans.

The collaboration will provide free access to the American Lung Association’s proven smoking cessation program called “Freedom from Smoking” to African-American communities in Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C.

Cigarette smoking is one of the main causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The African-American community has higher smoking rates than other groups, with more than 20 percent of adults reportedly using tobacco.

The initiative aims to address health disparities in this vulnerable population, which faces a disproportionate burden of tobacco use and tobacco-related…

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