Choose Success in 2015; Call the Montana Tobacco Quit Line!
Every New Year’s Eve, thousands of people across Montana resolve to improve their lives, vowing to give up their bad habits in exchange for healthy lifestyles. The Montana Tobacco Quit Line wants to assist people who attempt to quit tobacco and has a free program designed for all Montanans. The Quit Line celebrated a 10-year anniversary this past year; over 80,000 people have called since it was launched, and many achieved the success they were striving for. The Quit Line also expanded access by way of a new enrollment website, www.QuitNowMontana.com, with over 15,000 people visiting the website in 2014.
The Quit Line’s free service will offer up to eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (gum, lozenges, or the patch) to enrolled callers. In addition, the Quit Line is also offering financial assistance with other non-nicotine pharmaceutical quitting products. The Quit Line will help provide Chantix for the new low price of $25 per month and Bupropion (also known as Zyban) for $5 per month with a prescription from the enrollee’s medical provider. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved smokeless tobacco or e-cigarettes as successful cessation devices, so these are not a part of Quit Line services.
There is also a program to assist pregnant women who may be tobacco users. The Montana Tobacco Quit Line Pregnancy and Postpartum Program can provide ongoing support with up to nine calls during pregnancy and after delivery. Free nicotine replacement therapies are available with a prescription from the enrollee’s medical provider. Other benefits of this program include a small reward card for each completed call.
“Quitting tobacco can be the most important thing you can do for your health, and the Quit Line’s methods have been very successful for thousands of Montanans,” says Teddy Nault, Tobacco Use Prevention Specialist with the Cascade City-County Health Department. Make quitting tobacco a part of your 2015 New Year’s resolution by calling the Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669), or visit the website at www.QuitNowMontana.com to enroll.
For more information on CCHD’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program, click here.