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2012-01-05 10:48:00

In the news release, West Virginia's Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline Receives New Management, issued 05-Jan-2012 by First Choice Services over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the Quitline phone number in the last paragraph, should read "1-866-987-8488 " rather than "1-866-981-8488" as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows: West Virginia's Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline Receives New Management CHARLESTON, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2012...

2012-01-05 09:00:00

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- First Choice Services has taken over operation of the West Virginia Prescription Drug Abuse Quitline from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. "We are excited for the opportunity to continue the operation of this tool that is so vital in the fight against prescription drug abuse in our state," Steve Burton, chief executive officer of First Choice Services, said. "We want to build on the successful foundation the quitline...

2011-12-14 15:08:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, Tobacco Free Florida re-launched its website, www.tobaccofreeflorida.com, in time for the New Year, when many Floridians resolve to quit tobacco. The new, user-friendly website provides substantiated information to encourage tobacco users to quit and offers the tips and tools needed to quit successfully. Seven out of 10 adult smokers report that they want to quit completely.(1)( )While many people have quit, more...

2011-11-16 09:15:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health is encouraging smokers to use the 36th Annual Great American Smokeout, a Nov. 17 event sponsored by the American Cancer Society, to become tobacco-free for life. "Quitting smoking can be challenging, but your chances for success increase with help and support," said Secretary of Health Dr. Eli Avila. "The department provides many services designed to help smokers quit for good. We encourage...

2011-11-07 04:00:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week marks five years of progress for the Florida Department of Health's (DOH) Tobacco Free Florida (TFF) program and the state's commitment to saving lives and money by reducing tobacco use. The program was created in 2006 when Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment that called for a comprehensive tobacco education and use prevention program. As a result of the amendment, Florida continues...

2011-06-24 16:06:00

Announcement Could Result in Billions of Dollars and Lives Saved WASHINGTON, June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Legacy® President and CEO, Cheryl G. Healton, DrPH: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101101/DC86294LOGO) Today the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced historic new expanded coverage options that States may offer for tobacco cessation services. This means Americans could now have more...

2011-06-24 14:40:00

- Initiative Will Save Lives and Health Care Costs WASHINGTON, June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080918/CFTFKLOGO) The Obama Administration today took critical steps to help smokers quit by announcing expanded Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation services, including comprehensive cessation coverage for pregnant women and funding for telephone...

2011-06-21 05:11:00

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association heralds the announcement today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its final rule requiring graphic health warning labels on all cigarette packages and advertisements. At long last, starting in the fall of 2012, these large, graphic warning labels will appear on the top 50 percent of the front and back of all cigarette packs - replacing the 25 year-old warnings that are ineffective and hidden...

2011-06-13 12:34:02

Proactive telephone counseling helps smokers quit regardless of how they are recruited to a telephone quitline, according to a study published online June 10th in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Smokers who use telephone counseling quitlines may do so in response to active recruitment methods, such as physician referral or direct mail or phone calls, or passive methods, such as posters or television ads. Whether quitlines are equally effective for actively recruited smokers and...

2011-05-02 11:40:00

Collection of Manuscripts Dedicated Solely to Addressing Tobacco Control for Diverse Populations WASHINGTON, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research published today as a special issue in the American Journal of Health Promotion shows that population-based approaches to smoking cessation - mass media campaigns and smoking quitlines - can positively impact quitting behaviors among racial/ethnic minority and low socioeconomic status (SES) smokers, with varying effects across these...