Officials revive Washington State Tobacco Quitline
August 21, 2012
The state revived the Washington State Tobacco Quitline on Aug. 1, due to infusions of funding from state legislators and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Through the hotline, state Department of Health officials can offer adults help to stop using tobacco. Funding cuts last year eliminated the Washington State Tobacco Quitline, affecting many people without health insurance.
The toll-free hotline is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or 1-877-2NO-FUME in Spanish. The hotline provides free counseling, a personal quit plan, a quit kit and referrals to local resources. Eligible callers can also receive a supply of nicotine patches or gum.
Quitting lowers the risk of lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, chronic lung disease and other cancers.
Officials said more than 170,000 people have received help since the hotline started operations in 2000.