Every day, 4 people in Montana die prematurely from tobacco-related causes. The good news is that Montana provides a free service for tobacco users to help them fight their addictions.
Montana Tobacco Quit Line Services
- A FREE telephone service for all Montanans – 1-800-QUIT-NOW
- A FREE personalized quit plan
- FREE cessation coaching personalized quit plan
- 5 FREE pro-active cessation coaching sessions
- 4 FREE weeks of nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patches or lozenges) if appropriate, for cigarette or smokeless tobacco users
- Chantix at a reduced cost ($25 co-pay)
- FREE educational materials for health care providers as well as friends and families of tobacco users
- A fax referral system for health care providers who have patients that want to quit using tobacco
- Trained staff that offers culturally appropriate services for American Indians
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can adolescents call the Quit Line?
- Yes, adolescents are welcome to call the Quit Line. The FDA has not approved nicotine replacement therapy for persons under 18 so they are not eligible for that benefit.
- Is the number of calls limited to five per individual?
- No, the individual may have as many calls as needed to quit and stay quit. The research indicates that five sessions is the optimal number for telephone cessation counseling. Individuals who relapse are also encouraged to call the Quit Line. Studies show that individuals will quit several times before they stay quit.
- How does the Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) get to the individual?
- Four weeks of NRT (gum, patches, or lozenges) is mailed directly to the individual.
- Who provides the services of the Quit Line?
- National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, ranked the nation’s #1 respiratory hospital by U.S. News & World Report, operates the Montana Tobacco Quit Line. National Jewish also operates the Colorado and Ohio Tobacco Quit Lines, as well as the UCare Tobacco Cessation Line in Minnesota and the nationwide LungLine
- How is the Quit Line staffed?
- Counselors including Registered Nurses
- Bachelor-degree or higher educational level
- PRN staff available for heavy advertising, high-volume times of year (January)
- RNs available to work with clients with chronic diseases (Asthma, COPD, heart-disease, mental health, etc)
- Specific Counselors specialize in Teen Smokers, Spit Tobacco, Prenatal Smokers, Stress Reduction, Weight Loss and Exercise Programs