In late 2011, the judgment in a 14 year old class action lawsuit entitled Scott v. American Tobacco Company became final. That judgment ordered certain tobacco companies to fund a statewide 10-year smoking cessation program to benefit more than 200,000 Louisiana smokers who are members of the plaintiff class (the “Scott Class”). The recipient of the award was not a single nor group of individuals, but a court-established and court-supervised smoking cessation program to benefit Louisiana residents who began their smoking habit before September 1, 1988. The tobacco companies have since deposited the funds with the Court and the Smoking Cessation Trust (“SCT”) has been established, all pursuant to the judgment.
No, benefits of this judgment are in the form of FREE smoking cessation services.
If you are an approved MEMBER, SCT will arrange for you to receive, at no cost to you, any of the following cessation services: cessation medications, individual / group cessation counseling, telephone quit-line support, and/or Intensive cessation support services, when such service are listed as Available Services in the SCT program.
No. The funding only those who want to stop smoking and who smoked a cigarette prior to September 1, 1988 qualify.
Participation in the Smoking Cessation Trust program is FREE to everyone who completes an application and is approved as a qualified Member.
Some of the largest tobacco companies in the world were ordered by the court to provide funding for this program.
Yes, in order to be approved as a Member you must reside in Louisiana.
There is no minimum length of residency required, but you must reside in Louisiana on the day you apply. If you are a relatively new resident, you may be required to present some form of proof of residency to qualify. We will contact you should we need your help with this.
The Scott, et al. vs. American Tobacco Company, et al. class action lawsuit was dependent on Louisiana’s Civil Code, which changed on September 1, 1988 when the Louisiana Product Liability Act (La. R.S.9:2800.51) became law. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals stated, “The LPLA is the exclusive remedy available to post-1988 smokers and pre-1988 smokers, whose injury accrued after that date. Since the jury rejected the plaintiff’s claims under LPLA, this group is not entitled to any award, even smoking cessation treatment. The only remaining group of plaintiffs that is eligible to receive cessation assistance is the pre-1988 smokers, whose claim accrued before 1988.”
There is no age requirement, but you must have smoked a cigarette prior to September 1, 1988 to qualify.
Once your application has been reviewed for completeness by an SCT Management Services team member, your application information will be reviewed by the Judge Presiding over SCT and if approved, your profile will be set up in our system to receive program benefits.
Once approved, your records in the SCT Management Services computer database will be activated. You will then, within about a week, receive a welcome packet with materials on how to use the program. You should also expect a phone call from our smoking quit-line vendor, Nurtur, who will welcome you to the program and, if you would like, coach you by telephone to set a quit-date and share tricks to improve your chances of quitting.
Once you receive your ID Card, call the phone number on the for activation instruction. Keep the card handy in case you visit a physician, join an individual / group cessation program, or need to obtain products to assist you in your quit attempt that are available at local pharmacies. Telephone numbers and identification numbers on that card will be used by providers, counselors/counseling programs, and/or pharmacies to obtain payment for any Available Services they provide to you.
No. Sitting down with your doctor to decide the best cessation treatment based on your medical history is still the best way to start. We do not require specific treatment choices be followed; you decide. You can decide between the following basic options: Phone support/coaching, Physician assistance, Group Cessation Counseling, &/or Medications.
Yes, if you present your program ID Card at the pharmacy counter that participates with US Scripts, our Pharmacy program vendor. Note, however, that all medicines covered by the program require a prescription from your physician.
No, the court order that established the Smoking Cessation Trust ordered the Trust to establish “an evidence-based” cessation program. Very few studies have evaluated E-cigarettes, so they are currently excluded from the services covered by the Smoking Cessation Trust.
No, the court order that established the Smoking Cessation Trust ordered the Trust to establish “an evidence-based” cessation program. Very few studies have evaluated hypnosis as a treatment for tobacco addiction, so it is currently excluded from the services covered by the Smoking Cessation Trust.
No, the court order that established the Smoking Cessation Trust ordered the Trust to establish “an evidence-based” cessation program. Very few studies have evaluated acupuncture as a treatment for tobacco addiction, so it is currently excluded from the services covered by the Smoking Cessation Trust.
Twice each benefit year for any Member of the Program. Each Member is eligible for a full course of treatment (120 days long) two times each benefit year, for the remainder of the program (until mid-2022).
Either visit https://www.gilsbar360alliance.com/PROVIDER-SEARCH to find a doctor or you can call (888) 684-0029to speak to a Customer Service Representative. (Only if your ID card has been activated)
Smoking Cessation Trust is fully operational and Covid-19 has not impacted our ability to help you. Feel confident that your New Member application will be processed rapidly and your new materials will reach you within the normal 5-7 days from completion!