RICHMOND, Ind. — The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is offering free medication to help Hoosiers quit tobacco use.
To take advantage of the free offer, tobacco users must enroll in the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, which provides a trained coach who will work with them to make a personalized quit plan. Once enrolled, users will receive a two-week supply of free medication including gum and patches, while supplies last, according to a release from Reid Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program.
“Although it can be difficult to overcome nicotine addiction, Hoosiers do quit tobacco use every day,” the release stated. :Today, there are more former smokers than current smokers. Surveys have found that nearly 70 percent of all cigarette smokers want to quit, and research shows quitting at any age has health benefits.”
Counseling, including Quitline coaching, and medication are both effective in helping tobacco users quit, and using them together is more effective than using either one alone. Medications help tobacco users quit by decreasing urges to use tobacco products and easy withdrawal symptoms.
To get free help, call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or the Breathe IN Wayne County Tobacco Prevention Coalition at 765-935-8997.
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