Indiana smokers who want to quit can now get free help from the state. Those who enroll in the Indiana Tobacco Quitline between now and April 2 or until supplies run out, will be eligible for free medication, such as gum or patches.
The Quitline connects tobacco users with trained coaches who help them create a personalized quit plan. Officials with the Indiana State Department of Health note that counseling and medication are more effective when used together.
They add that about 20 percent of Indiana adults smoke, more than 330,000 Hoosiers live with smoking-related diseases, and over 11,000 Hoosiers die each year from smoking. State health officials say that quitting tobacco use lowers the risk for lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and several other health problems.
The Indiana Tobacco Quitline promotion coincides with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Tips from Former Smokers national tobacco education campaign. For more information, call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit QuitNowIndiana.com.