Feb 18, 2014 4:48 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Smoking Cessation Trust may be the best kept secret in Louisiana. And its executive director, Mike Rogers, would like that to change.
The SCT, which has been in operation for a year and a half, provides free medical, counseling and telephone support to some Louisiana smokers.
What it doesn't provide are funds to let people know the program exists. Rogers says the only way the program's gotten any attention is if a provider publicizes their partnership.
The New Orleans Advocate reports SCT applies only to Louisiana residents who began smoking before Sept. 1, 1988.
The program arose from a class-action lawsuit that labored through the court system for 14 years until a 2011 judgment ordered tobacco companies to fund a 10-year program to benefit more than 200,000 smokers.
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