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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2012

Montana Tobacco Quit Line expands benefits

Increases assistance for Montanans trying to Quit Tobacco

The Department of Public Health and Human Services Montana Tobacco Quit Line has expanded its cessation benefits to help
Montanans quit using tobacco.

For a limited time only, DPHHS has added a second choice to its Nicotine Replacement Therapy to include a two-week supply of
nicotine gum or lozenges. This offer will complement the four week supply of nicotine patches already provided to Quit Line clients.

This is important because research has found that combining the nicotine patch with nicotine gum/lozenges increases success rates by 15
percentage points.

“We’ve increased the offering because evidence shows that this improves outcomes,” said DPHHS Director Anna Whiting Sorrell.
“Using both patches and gum offers relief to people who experience particularly strong cravings when quitting tobacco.”

The Quit Line has helped 62,000 people to date, and according to the American Lung Association is in the top 10 of all state quit lines based on services offered.  For help quitting tobacco use, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

The Montana Quit Line phone lines are available Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Stacy Campbell of the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program urges Montanans who want to quit using tobacco products to make that call today. “There’s no time like the present,” Campbell said. “Montana is fortunate to have this type of support to help people quit smoking.”

For more information go to http://tobaccofree.mt.gov/
Page last updated: 10/02/2012