On the Great American Smokeout Day, the New Jersey Department of Human Services calls on smokers to get help to…
On the Great American Smokeout Day, the New Jersey Department of Human Services calls on smokers to get help to stop
Commissioner Johnson notes new benefits with Medicaid Cessation Under the Murphy Administration
Department of Survey Mental Health Providers on Tobacco Cessation and Educational Activities
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Nov. 15, 2018
(TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Commissioner Carole Johnson celebrated the big American smoke show on Thursday by inviting smokers to reach out to their healthcare provider for help to end – including those on Medicaid who can now benefit of new end-of-life benefits offered by the Murphy administration.
Johnson also announced that the department will map mental health and state-of-the-art operators about their smoking processes and policies.
“We want to make sure everyone does everything they can to help Jersey’s victims of smoking and its dangers,” Johnson said. “Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in New Jersey, leading to chronic lung disease, heart disease, stroke and cancer. The Murphy administration is committed to reducing tobacco consumption, killing 1
1,800 New Jerseyans every year, and we are determined to reach all New Jerseyans to provide the help they need to take action to stop and improve – and probably save – their lives. ”
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the major American smoking exhibition is an annual event held every third Thursday in November to mark a time when smokers can decide to stop using tobacco. Smoking is still the main cause of preventive death in the United States and the world. The average mortality rate of the average smokers is three times as high as those who never smoke and the number of cancers, respiratory and vascular disease in smokers is also higher.
Earlier this year, the Murphy administration announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients stop using tobacco by facilitating drug treatment and tobacco treatment.
Medicaid no longer requires people to get pre-approval from their health plan before receiving medical treatment for tobacco disruption, and will add group advice for tobacco outages to services cover.
At the same time, Johnson noted that the Department of Mental Health and Abuse Services (DMHAS) will map licensed behavioral health professionals in the state so the division can learn about the agencies’ current services and training needs to help people quit.
Some facts about the effects of smoking in people with mental illness or reduced drug abuse include:
“We will continue to work to remove obstacles so individuals who try to quit tobacco can get the help they need, says Johnson.” Today, it’s a good time to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle, but healthcare providers and Medicaid can help New Jersey’s take this step every day of the year. We are here to help. “