Hawaii’s quitline launches new, enhanced services

| November 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Hawaii Tobacco Quitline
News Release

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline recently announced new services designed to better help residents quit tobacco use. 

The new services were timed to launch in conjunction with the Great American Smokeout, Nov. 18.

The Great American Smokeout is an annual nationwide event created by the American Cancer Society that encourages smokers to start a plan or to start quitting smoking that day.

“The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline’s new services – such as enhanced availability of free nicotine patches or gum for tobacco users – will make it possible for even more of Hawaii’s 150,000 smokers to get the help they need to put their addiction to tobacco behind them,” said Julian Lipsher, program coordinator for the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program with the state Department of Health.

When tobacco users enroll in cessation services with the quitline, a coach will work with the caller to determine if nicotine patches or gum is right for them. If either is, the quitline will provide the patches or gum for free. 

These services are available for all tobacco users, regardless of insurance. Additionally, tobacco users can receive three follow-up calls from a coach, to check in on the caller’s progress and provide support. Also, tobacco users may call the quitline whenever they need extra support. 

Tobacco users will receive guidance on medication to help quit smoking and useful information such as what to expect while quitting, how to avoid relapses and how to ask friends, family and coworkers for support during the quit process. 

Callers have access to Web Coach, an interactive website to track progress. Users can also complete exercises and participate in discussion forums with coaches and others who are trying to quit. 

“Hawaii Tobacco Quitline is a great, free resource to help local residents help their smoking family member or loved one quit,” said Valerie Smalley, Hawaii Tobacco Quitline’s senior supervisor. “Coaches are understanding and supportive, have received extensive training in tobacco cessation, and are educated on the latest methods to successfully quit tobacco.”

Call the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline at (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669). Coaches are available all week, 3 a.m.-9 p.m. Visit www.clearthesmoke.org

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