Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline offers aid for those thinking of quitting

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/02/2020 01:30 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans resolving to be healthier by quitting tobacco in 2020 have a partner on their journey to being tobacco free. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, provides free resources to Oklahomans who are thinking about quitting tobacco or ready to quit.

Resources are also available to former tobacco users wanting to stay tobacco free and those who want to support loved ones, patients or employees.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) offers free customizable services, including coaching over the phone or on the web, text and email support to any Oklahoman, as well as free patches, gum or lozenges to Oklahomans 18 years or older. These tools provide flexibility for Oklahomans searching for ways to quit that fits their lifestyles.

“Quitting tobacco is the single most important step someone can take to improve their health,” Julie Bisbee, TSET executive director, said. “Quitting tobacco is also one of the most challenging changes a person can make, but they don’t have to do it alone. The coaches at the helpline can help any Oklahoman develop a personalized quit plan that maximizes their chances of success.”

Those seeking to quit tobacco can also talk to their health care providers about receiving additional cessation benefits such as nicotine replacement therapy or prescription medication.

For Oklahomans who are not quite ready to quit, the helpline can provide information and resources to help prepare for a successful quit attempt.

More than 30,000 tobacco users registered for services from the helpline between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 and nearly 95% of recent user survey respondents reported satisfaction with the services they received. During a seven-month follow-up survey, 31.5% of those surveyed reported not using tobacco for one month or longer, exceeding the North American Quitline Consortium benchmark for quit rates of 30%.

“The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is an invaluable resource for all Oklahomans, no matter where they are in their quit journey,” Paola Klein, Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline coordinator, said. “This New Year, consider calling the helpline and giving yourself and your loved ones the gift of a healthier life.”

Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit OKhelpline.com to explore the free services and resources available to Oklahomans. Connect with the helpline via social media by liking the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline on Facebook or following @OKhelpline on Twitter and Instagram.

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