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Tobacco Quitline is back

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on Aug. 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm with 1 Comment »
August 1, 2012 5:36 pm

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.

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  1. clabberass says:

    Funny how the billions of dollars the tobbaco companies paid didnt really go to health care, and now with smokes at nearly $10 a pack, one would question where those dollar go as well. 1.9 million to help people quit is the least they can do, but with government the least action for the most money is what you can expect. Good luck to all those who try to quit, let the 7-$8 tax be a motivator.

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