During the entire month of June, The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is offering four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in the form of patches and gum to Iowa smokers who choose to make a quit attempt using Quitline Iowa. Quitline Iowa offers tobacco cessation coaching services over the telephone or the Internet, 24 hours a day.
"Data suggests the majority of smokers want to quit. We are excited to offer them extra support to increase the likelihood they quit successfully," said IDPH Director, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. .
O'Brien says the preliminary data is promising.
"It is important to arm tobacco users who want to quit with all the tools we can, including Web options for those who may be uncomfortable with telephone coaching."
Current Iowa health care costs associated with tobacco exceed $1 billion. For more information about Quitline Iowa, visit www.quitlineiowa.org or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.