Smokers to Get Free Nicotine Patches From the California Smokers’ Helpline
Callers to 1-800-NO-BUTTS Can Receive a Free 2-Week Starter Kit
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — For a limited time, the California Smokers’ Helpline is sending free nicotine patches to callers from 34 counties in California. Eligible tobacco users who call 1-800-NO-BUTTS and enroll in the free telephone-based quitting program will receive a free two-week starter kit of patches, while supplies last.
Smokers from the following counties are eligible: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, and Tuolumne.
“The Helpline has already served over half a million smokers,” said Christopher Anderson, the Helpline’s Program Director. “We hope this new opportunity will motivate even more people to give quitting a try.”
The patches are an FDA-approved treatment proven to help smokers kick the habit. They release nicotine into the bloodstream through the skin, reducing withdrawal symptoms and slowly weaning smokers off nicotine.
All 34 counties have an adult smoking prevalence rate of 14 percent or higher, according to the 2008 California Tobacco Survey. In comparison, the 2010 statewide adult smoking rate is 11.9 percent.
This new program is part of a nationwide effort called Communities Putting Prevention to Work, which aims to improve health and lower medical costs by preventing disease, such as those caused by tobacco use.
“Helpline counseling doubles smokers’ chance of success in quitting,” said Anderson. “People who use both counseling and a quitting aid, such as the patch, have the best chance of quitting for good. So now is a perfect time to make that call and get started.”
The free patches will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to those who call 1-800-NO-BUTTS.
About the Smokers’ Helpline
Callers to the Smokers’ Helpline may receive free one-on-one support from a trained cessation counselor, a self-help booklet, and referral to local quit-smoking programs. The Helpline is open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It has specialized services for pregnant smokers, tobacco chewers and teens. All services are available in multiple languages:
1-800-838-8917 Mandarin and Cantonese
For more information, visit www.NoButts.org
Adult Smoking Prevalence Rates for Counties Participating in the Patch Giveaway Program
Adult Smoking Participating Prevalence County Rate Alpine 16.0% Amador 16.0% Butte 21.0% Calaveras 18.1% Colusa 16.0% Del Norte 16.0% El Dorado 16.8% Glenn 16.0% Humboldt 17.7% Imperial 16.1% Inyo 16.0% Kern 17.1% Kings 15.1% Lake 16.0% Lassen 16.0% Mariposa 14.3% Mendocino 14.7% Merced 17.7% Modoc 16.0% Mono 16.0% Napa 16.0% Nevada 16.0% Plumas 16.0% Sacramento 14.0% Sierra 16.0% Siskiyou 16.0% Solano 14.6% Sonoma 16.4% Stanislaus 14.9% Sutter 16.0% Tehama 22.8% Trinity 16.0% Tulare 16.0% Tuolumne 21.9%
SOURCE California Smokers’ Helpline