2012-02-16 / Features

Lung Association Encourages Tobacco Users To “Quit For Love”

The American Lung Association is encouraging smokers to “Quit For Love” as part of a statewide campaign offering free nicotine patches and counseling and reminding residents of the local resources available to aid them in their attempt to quit smoking.

“On average, it takes anywhere from five to eight attempts before an individual is successful in quitting their use of tobacco,” said Tammy Kreiser. “We want smokers to know that we are here to be a resource. By offering counseling, the free patches and free cessation classes that are available in the 13 county service area (Adams, Bedford, Blair,Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry and York), we are hoping individuals quit and stay tobacco free.”

Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches are now available as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s annual “Quit for Love” campaign. Launched on February 14, this outreach effort is designed to encourage tobacco users to consider quitting the use of tobacco products for the ones they love.

Individuals interested in receiving a free NRT kit must call the PA Free Quitline at 800- QUIT NOW (800-784- 8669). Quit coaches will ask caller if they are ready to set a quit date and have any medical conditions that would rule out the safe use of nicotine patches. Callers will then enroll in a series of free tobacco counseling sessions. The NRT packets will be mailed to them after they complete their first counseling session. The kits will be offered for approximately six to eight weeks, while supplies last.

Quit for Love take place yearly and lasts from six to eight weeks or as long as there is NRT available.

For more about cessation resources in the area, visit www.lunginfo.org or call 717- 541-5864 Ext. 24. Individuals can visit www.DeterminedToQuit.com.

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