Washington State’s Tobacco Quitline is back, thanks to new funding from the state legislature and a grant from the Centers for Disease Control.
The Quitline, snuffed out by budget cuts in June 2011, is a toll-free telephone service designed to help people kick their tobacco habit.
Starting immediately, all adults in Washington, regardless of their insurance status, can call the Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW;1-877-2NO-FUME in Spanish) for free counseling, a personal quit plan, a quit kit and referrals to local resources. Eligible callers can also get a supply of nicotine patches or gum.
Tim Church, a spokesman for the Washington State Department of Health, said the cost of running the Quitline for the next fiscal year will be approximately $1.9 million.
Most of that money is coming from the state’s Tobacco Control Program, Church said. The remainder, about $400,000, is from the CDC grant.
Church said more than 170,000 people have received help from the Quitline since it began in 2000.