Reducing Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure: Reducing Out-of-Pocket Costs for Evidence-Based Cessation Treatments (Community Guide Recommendation)
Description of Resource:
Policies and programs to reduce tobacco users’ out-of-pocket costs for evidence-based cessation treatments are recommended based on strong evidence of effectiveness in increasing the number of tobacco users who quit. Evidence was considered strong based on findings from clinic-based trials and population-based policy evaluations of reduced out-of-pocket costs for both cessation counseling and medications. Clear communication of benefit changes both to tobacco users and health care providers increases the use and impact of these interventions. Reducing tobacco users’ out-of-pocket costs involves policy or program changes that make evidence-based treatments, including medication, counseling, or both, more affordable. To achieve this, new benefits may be provided, or changes may be made to the level of benefits offered that reduce costs or co-payments. Policy and program changes may be communicated to tobacco users and health care providers to increase awareness, interest in quitting, and use of evidence-based treatments.