Northwest NEWS

November 27, 2000

Business

Tobacco Quit Line opens

Washington state smokers who want to quit will get a helping hand as the state Department of Health launches a new statewide, toll-free Tobacco Quit Line, 1-877-270-STOP.
   This program will offer tobacco users no-cost cessation counseling and referrals to community-based cessation programs.
  
   The Quit Line, 1-877-270-STOP, is opening for business just in time for tomorrow's "Great American Smokeout."
   Quit Line callers will be provided with:
   Individualized, one-on-one counseling from specialists skilled in working with all forms of tobacco addition.
   Assessment of each caller's readiness to quit and development of a customized quit plan over the phone.
   Skill building and problem solving advice.
   Relapse prevention techniques.
   Pharmacological support information.
   Referrals to available community cessation support resources.
   A Tobacco Quit Kit, including materials tailored to the caller's needs, readiness and education level.