Pennsylvania Department of Health Helps Smokers Trying to Quit in Wake of Federal Cigarette Tax Hike
“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
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
CONTACT: Stacy Kriedeman (717) 787-1783
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health