In a state in which 25 percent of residents ages 50 to 64 smoke—higher than the national average of 19 percent—AARP Alabama is spreading the word about new health insurance benefits that can help people quit. Under the Affordable Care Act, smoking cessation programs are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many private health insurance plans.
Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in Alabama. Smoking is linked to the deaths of about 7,500 Alabamians annually and costs the state nearly $5.6 billion in medical costs and lost productivity.
AARP urges smokers to talk to their doctors, call 800- QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or go to alabamaquitnow.com for help.