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W.Va. Tobacco Quitline Continues To Be a Successful Way to Quit

September 28, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The West Virginia Tobacco Quitline continues to both save money and improve the health of West Virginia residents.

The West Virginia Tobacco Quitline 2009 Annual Report (January 2009 - June 2010) shows an average program quit rate of 33.4 percent. The national average of success for people quitting on their own is about 6 percent. Individuals addicted to nicotine usually attempt to quit multiple times before they stay quit.

The West Virginia Tobacco Quitline began operation in 2000. It offers phone coaching and nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches, at no cost to both smokers and other tobacco product users. There are also specialized programs for pregnant smokers and their families, spit tobacco users, active and reserve military personnel and all youth 18 to 24 years of age.

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Quitline services are provided free to anyone who lives or works in West Virginia.

To contact the Quitline call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-877-966-8784.

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