CVS Health Foundation Awards Smoking Cessation Grants to AACI Centers

Eight AACI cancer centers have received a total of nearly $1 million in grants from the CVS Health Foundation to help promote smoking cessation and tobacco use prevention programs at those centers. The centers receiving grants are: Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University; Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Southern California; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington Cancer Consortium; Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Arizona; The Abramson Cancer Center/University of Pennsylvania; and Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center.

CVS Health, a pharmacy innovation company headquartered in Rhode Island, stopped selling tobacco products in 2014 and made a commitment to help people lead tobacco-free lives. Last October, with assistance from Stand Up To Cancer, AACI formed a working group that gathered data on tobacco programs at AACI cancer centers and shared the information with CVS Health.

The cancer center grants, awarded in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, represent the CVS Health Foundationís continuing investment in community-based cessation programs for adult smokers who cause damage to their own health, as well as expose children to tobacco use and secondhand smoke.

AACI centers that have received grants have planned a number of uses for the funding, including producing educational videos, enhancing outreach to minority and underserved populations, improving screening for smoking status, expanding access to cessation treatment, and providing financial support for cessation educators.

CVS Health also recently announced that it will fund $10 million in new and expanded partnerships and programs this year as part of Be The First, the companyís five year, $50 million commitment to help deliver the nationís first tobacco-free generation. The partnerships and programs will roll out throughout 2017 and build upon the success of the first year in the areas of anti-smoking education, tobacco-control advocacy, and healthy behavior programming. To learn more about this initiative, visit CVSHealth.com/BeTheFirst.