Just in case you missed the Great American Smokeout in November, there is still the opportunity of a New Year's Resolution to quit smoking or encourage someone you love to quit. Traditionally, people who smoke think about quitting at this time of year and now there is the added incentive of the $1.00 increase in the state tax on tobacco. Although quitting smoking can be very challenging, the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line has just made it a little easier!
Beginning January 1st, Wisconsin residents who call the Quit Line for coaching can receive a FREE two-week starter kit of quit-smoking medications (either nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges) that will be mailed directly to their home. This is in addition to the free assistance that a Quit Line coach provides during four phone calls if the caller requests. Also, there is a new Web coaching service designed to work hand-in-hand with the phone-based Quit Line. Between phone calls, tobacco users are encouraged to log on to build quit plans, track their progress, and interact with quit coaches and other smokers. All services offered by the Quit Line are nonjudgmental and confidential. The Quit Line is available from 7 AM to 11 PM seven days a week and coaches fluent in many languages are availble. Take a moment now and call 1-800 QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit the website at http://www.WiQuitLine.org
Another offering from the Quit Line is a randomized clinical trial for smokers aged 13 - 24 for which they are recruiting participants. One of the goals of the study is to determine the effectiveness of a Quit Line counseling intervention designed specifically for young smokers. If you know a young person between the ages of 13 and 24 who smokes and would like to quit, do them a favor and give them the information about this study. You might help a young person live a longer, healthier life.