Smokers across Oklahoma are encouraged to quit tobacco for a day, or a lifetime, during the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 16. Since 1970, the American Cancer Society event has raised awareness about tobacco cessation and encouraged tobacco users to start their quit journey. Quitting smoking is a challenge and requires both time and a plan.
This November, the Helpline is offering an extra incentive to Oklahomans thinking about quitting tobacco. Those who sign up for the Helpline will get at least eight weeks of patches, gum or lozenges for free, rather than the usual two weeks. This limited-time offer of extra nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) ends Nov. 30.
The Helpline is here to assist individuals create a personalized plan, offering FREE resources such as text and email support and 24/7 coaches to help track progress.
Last year, nearly 26,000 tobacco users in Oklahoma registered for Helpline services, 22% higher than the year before. In addition, last year’s quit rates were high: 40% of those surveyed seven months after their program ended reported not using tobacco within the past 30 days. This far surpasses the benchmark of 30% set by the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC).
“With so many free resources, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline can assist users in building a quit plan in preparation for the Great American Smokeout, allowing them to quit not just for one day but hopefully for life,” said Christin Kirchenbauer, Helpline director. “No matter your age or how long you’ve been using tobacco, quitting improves health short term and long term. We know that those who use the Helpline have a much better chance of success.”
Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-7848669), text READY to 34191 or visit OKhelpline. com to explore all the free services and resources available. Connect through social media by liking the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline on Facebook.