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Pennsylvania Department of Health Helps Smokers Trying to Quit in Wake of Federal Cigarette Tax Hike
Date:4/3/2009

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To support the growing number of Pennsylvanians who are trying to quit smoking as a result of the recent increase in federal cigarette taxes, the Department of Health today reminded smokers to call Pennsylvania's toll-free Quitline or visit www.determinedtoquit.com.

"The average smoker makes between five and eight quit attempts before being successful, but those who have support are more likely to succeed," said Secretary of Health Everette James. "The services we provide through our Quitline and Web site can boost your chance of success."

By calling the Quitline at 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669), tobacco users will receive counseling from highly trained intake specialists and cessation counselors. After their initial call, callers may receive up to five scheduled follow-up calls. For individuals who are not yet ready to quit, materials such as a self-help quit guide and tailored fact sheets along with local cessation-service listings are provided. Counselors also provide information on cessation coverage offered by health insurance plans and Medical Assistance.

Smoking cessation information also is available through www.determinedtoquit.com. The Web site provides guidance in developing a quit plan; the quit companion and calculator; and video blogs of other Pennsylvanians sharing their own stories about quitting. There is also information for friends and family members of smokers who wish to support their loved one in their quit attempt.

The Department of Health's anti-tobacco efforts are intended to help individuals to quit - or never start - using tobacco products, and to curb the retail sale of tobacco to minors.

Under the Clean Indoor Air law that took effect last September, smoking is now prohibited in most public places and workplaces across Pennsylvania.

    CONTACT:  Stacy Kriedeman
    (717) 787-1783


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