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Cessation September | Smoke Free St. Joe

September is a great time to quit smoking!

FREE Nicotine patches or gum through the end of September

Although it can be difficult to overcome nicotine addiction, Hoosiers do quit tobacco use every day. Today, there are more former smokers than current smokers. Surveys found nearly 70% of all cigarette smokers want to quit, and research shows quitting at any age has health benefits.

Through the end of September, the Indiana Tobacco Quitline is offering free medication to help Hoosiers quit tobacco use.

To take advantage of the free offer, tobacco users simply enroll in the Indiana Tobacco Quitline. A trained coach will work with enrollees to make a personalized quit plan. Once enrolled, users receive a two-week supply of free medication, including gum and patches, while supplies last.

Counseling, including Quitline coaching, and medication are both effective in helping tobacco users quit. Using them together is more effective than using either one alone. Medications help tobacco users quit by decreasing urges to use tobacco products and easing withdrawal symptoms.

Quit Now Indiana provides free services and a built-in community of people like you who want to quit tobacco for life.

What’s great about the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, you can quit at your own pace. With professional help and support you can quit for good!

Real Life Testimonial from Hoosier Tammy Crum:

I was 13 when I started smoking. I could walk right into a store and buy a pack without anyone questioning me. Why not? Everyone smoked: my friends, my family, movie stars—everyone!

Health had never been an issue for me. I looked healthy; everything seemed in good health despite my smoking. Plenty of people smoked more than me, I only smoked a pack a day, then I had a heart attack. I was only 38 years old! The doctor attributes the heart attack to my smoking. It was a scary experience and I was very lucky. An angiogram showed major plaque buildup in my femoral artery and evidence of damage from what they believe to be two prior heart attacks that went undiagnosed. I smoked my last cigarette six days after I got out of the hospital.

My kids were my biggest motivation, I want to be a good role model for them and I wanted to be alive to see them married and have children of their own one day. Quitting smoking was the best thing I could do for my health and the best gift I could have ever given to my family.

Take the first step toward quitting smoking and get free help by calling the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or by going to QuitNowIndiana.com.