Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Colorado QuitLine celebrates 10 years of service


Colorado QuitLine, a free service that helps people stop using tobacco, celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. Since 2002, the Colorado QuitLine has served more than 260,000 people who want to quit using tobacco.  

“Over the last 10 years, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment has worked closely with National Jewish Health to serve Coloradans with the most effective and accessible Quitline service," said Emma Goforth, the department's tobacco cessation expert.

The Colorado QuitLine is a free telephone coaching service that connects people who want to quit smoking or using other tobacco products to an experienced Quit Coach. Along with individualized coaching, the telephone service offers a free supply of nicotine patches or gum. 

Coloradans can call 1 800 QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669).  Online help and resources are available at coquitline.org and on Facebook at Facebook.com/QuitLineCO.

Nearly one in six Colorado adults uses tobacco and more than 80 percent of adult smokers became addicted to tobacco before the age of 18. Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in Colorado – killing more than 4,300 people each year. It can lead to severe health issues like heart disease, stroke and lung cancer and can shorten a person’s average lifespan.

Colorado QuitLine is administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and funded through Colorado’s voter-approved Amendment 35 tobacco tax.  

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