Indiana Department of Health offers free program to quit using tobacco

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This Tuesday, July 15, 2014 photo shows the tobacco in cigarettes in Philadelphia. A study ties a host of new diseases to smoking, and says an additional 60,000 to 120,000 deaths each year in the United States are probably due to tobacco use. The study by the American Cancer Society and several universities is published […]

For the second year in a row, Hoosiers have the chance to get free medication to help them quit using tobacco. The Indiana Department of Health is offering the nicotine replacement therapy promotion while supplies last.

In 2018, 7,500 people received the free two-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy through the Quitline.

If Hoosiers are interested in the program, 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. Online counseling is also available. Once enrolled, users will receive a two-week supply of free medication, including gum and patches.

Studies found nearly 70 percent of all cigarette smokers want to quit and research shows quitting at any age has health benefits.

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Around 22% of Indiana adults smoke and smoking killed over 11,000 Hoosiers every year. More than 330,000 Hoosiers live with smoking-related disease.

If interested, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go to quitnowindiana.com tp sign up.

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