NC below average in helping Medicaid recipients stop smoking

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Great progress has been made in recent years in reducing the number of adult and youths who smoke.

Federal health agencies reported in 2015 historic lows in smoking for adults (16.8 percent) and 12th-graders (11.2 percent).

Yet, one group — Medicaid recipients — continues to defy the pattern, in large part because they either aren’t using or haven’t been provided with tobacco-cessation product assistance.

For the 227,000 North Carolinians who receive Medicaid benefits and smoke, just 9 percent, or 20,430, used tobacco-cessation products in 2013, according to a study released last week by George Washington University.

Read more: Winston-Salem Journal