Adults in Washington who are considering quitting tobacco can now get free help from the Department of Health’s toll-free Washington State Tobacco Quitline. Calling a quitline significantly increases a person’s chances of kicking the habit.

New funding from the Washington State Legislature and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention means the Department of Health can once again provide help quitting to all adult tobacco users in the state. Funding cuts in 2011 eliminated free quitline help for many, including people without health insurance.

“Getting our quitline back in business for everyone has been one of my priorities, and I’m thrilled it’s happening,” said Gov. Chris Gregoire. “For the last year we’ve been the only state without quitline help for people without insurance. That’s unacceptable. The Tobacco Quitline truly is a state service that saves lives and money. We must be there when people need help.”

Starting immediately, all adults in Washington regardless of insurance status can call the toll-free Washington State Tobacco Quitline for support to quit using tobacco. The quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW, 1-877-2NO-FUME in Spanish) provides free counseling, a personal quit plan, a quit kit, and referrals to local resources. Eligible callers can also get a supply of nicotine patches or gum.

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