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American Lung Association (

American Lung Association ( site includes extensive references for chronic lung disease such as asthma, COPD emphysema and chronic bronchitis, as well as lung cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and other factors, such as smoking, that affect the lungs. Special feature on e-cigarettes and vaping. The organization also maintains a HelpLine staffed by Registered Nurses and Registered Respiratory Therapists to answer your lung health questions at 1-800-LUNGUSA (or 800-548-8252). Or submit a question via online chat to the ALA

Aneurysms (MedlinePlus)

The ad-free Aneurysms website by MedlinePlus includes AAA – abdominal aortic aneurysm (which CDC states is caused by smoking), cerebral (brain) aneurysm, peripheral aneurysms and stroke, angiograms, catheter angiography, CT or MR Angiography, duplex ultrasound, surgical aneurysm repair, catheter embolization

Cancer Information – Call 1-800-4-Cancer (free info)

Get free cancer information by calling 1-800-4-CANCER.  The National Cancer Institute offers this toll-free number to call 1-800-422-6237 to answer your questions about cancer, and help you quit smoking. Available Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.- 9pm. Can also get help online from a cancer information specialist. The service is confidential

Cigarette Smoking Among Adults – United States, 2017

Official statistics from CDC, based on the 2017 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS data on over 33,000 families). The US Healthy People 2020 goal is to reduce the percent of adults smoking to 12% of the population – the same goal as in 2010. Data for 2017 showed 14.0% of adults smoked, improved from 20.9% in 2005. For those with less than $35,000 household income, 21% smoked cigarettes; high school graduates had a 18.7% smoking rate, compared to 4.1% for those who had a graduate degree. About 480,000 deaths per year are attributed to smoking. Reported in MMWR Nov. 9, 2018. CDC also has extensive information on use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

Health Consequences of Smoking

An excerpt from the report: Despite decades of warnings on the dangers of smoking, nearly 42 million adults…continue to smoke cigarettes. A 50-year look back on the health consequences of smoking, now shows causal links between smoking AND liver cancer, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as other known health problems. Exposure to second hand smoke is a cause of stroke. From the Dept of Health and Human Services, CDC and the Surgeon General, 2014

Smoking (MedlinePlus) Editor's Pick

According to the CDC, adults who smoke cigarettes die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. Site includes topics like Tobacco-related Mortality, E-Cigarettes, Genes and Smoking (and sperm mutations), Cigarettes and Nicotine, Increased Risk for Cataracts, Lung Cancer, COPD, Effects on Infertility, Statistics (about 15 in 100 adults smokes), Lung pictures, and how much money you will save when you quit smoking (see making a Quit Plan). Set a date to quit

Smoking and Youth (MedlinePlus)

MedlinePlus Smoking and Youth website topics include e-cigarettes, flavored cigarettes, effects on kids, parenting, schools, where kids get their cigarettes, more. A shocking twenty-seven percent (27%) of high school kids reported currently using a tobacco product in 2018, including e-cigarettes (nearly 21%). The nicotine in tobacco can be as addictive as cocaine or heroin

State Comparisons: Percent of Smokers who Tried to Quit Smoking, 2017

Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts shows state by state map and table for percent of smokers who attempted to Quit Smoking. Overall 59% tried to quit, US-wide according to the most recent (2017) data. What is happening in your state? Guam and Delaware had the greatest percentage trying to quit; Wisconsin and Missouri were the lowest in percent of smokers trying to quit smoking.

Tobacco Lobbying Spending, 2019 Editor's Pick

The Center for Responsive Politics ( has identified $23.4 million spent lobbying by the tobacco industry in 2018. Altria, a major e-cigarette manufacturer, spent over $10 million of it. Altria and Philip Morris ($6.2M) teamed up 2013. JUUL Labs spent $1.6M in 2018. YTD spending reported in June 2019 was $6.4 million. See who else contributed those monies

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Consumer Guide to Prevention – USPSTF Recommendations Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for more than 100 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Individual Consumer Guides for all different types of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, speech and language disorders, hearing loss, chronic kidney disease, depression, diabetes, abdominal aortic aneurysm, sexually transmitted disease, osteoporosis, and much more. Counseling for alcohol misuse, diet and physical activity. Updated 2019. the USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. Updated 2019

Prevention Makes Common "Cents"

Detailed report by US Department of Health and Human Services (September 2003) addressing the cost of disease and illness. Specific sections are included on Overweight and Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease, Asthma, and Tobacco Use. Metabolic Syndrome also discussed

Prevention Priorities

Rankings of preventive services and scoring each for cost effectiveness. HealthPartners Institute, working with the National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP), sponsors this information.

Rhode Island – Top Ratings for Health Insurance Plans (NCQA)

Find top NCQA ratings for health insurance plans in Rhode Island. Tufts Associated HMO plan earned the top 5.0 rating from NCQA. Based on Quality, Member Satisfaction and accreditation results. 2019-2020 Ratings

Texas – Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2018-2019 (OPIC)

The Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2018-2019 shows detailed clinical quality comparisons of HMO health insurance plans.  Compare HMOs Aetna, Christus, Cigna, Community First, FIRSTCARE, HMO Blue Texas, Humana, Memorial Hermann, Scott and White and United Healthcare of Texas. Indicators include asthma, childhood immunizations, cancer screening, heart care, high blood pressure, diabetes care, prenatal care, mental health care, flu shots, antibiotic utilization rates, rates of physician board certification, and more. Lengthy (211 pages) but valuable report. Pub. by TX Office of Public Insurance Council

Wisconsin Collaborative (WCHQ) – Compare Physician Group Ratings Editor's Pick

Compare Wisconsin physician clinics on 30 measures related to satisfaction with getting a timely doctor’s appointment, patient recommendations on clinics; scores for diabetes, heart care, high blood pressure, HPV vaccine, smoking & osteoporosis screening, pneumonia shot, screening for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer & Colorectal Cancer; Ischemic Vascular Disease care, BMI, Depression screening, well child visits and more. Includes Affinity, Aspirus, Aurora, Bellin, Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s and Wheaton, Associated Physicians, SSM Dean, Mayo Clinic Eau Claire and Franciscan La Crosse, Fort Healthcare, Froedert, Gundersen Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Mercy, Meriter Unity Point, Monroe, Prairie Clinic, Prevea, Primary Care Associates Appleton, ProHealth, Reedsburg, ThedaCare, UW Health, Wildwood and others. Some medical groups report scores by individual clinic location. The Sort-by-Rank option helps you see better performers on the top of your list for some items. Easy to read reports by WI Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ); 2017 and 2018 data

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