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Indiana Tobacco Quitline Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Updated March 3, 2016 7:16 AM | Filed under: Health
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - This month, the Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT NOW) is celebrating a decade of helping thousands of Hoosiers overcome their tobacco addiction and live healthier lives.

Since it began in March 2006, the Quitline has helped more than 114,000 tobacco users quit tobacco through its free phone counseling and its web-based service, Web Coach, and supplementary texting service, Text2Quit. It has also provided help for pregnant smokers who want to quit through programs that emphasize the benefits of quitting for both mother and baby and encourage smoking partners to quit as well.

"The Indiana Tobacco Quitline plays a critical role in efforts to make Indiana a healthier place to live," said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. "Every year, many Hoosiers try to quit using tobacco at least once, but they sometimes struggle and need extra help to find long-term success. The Indiana Tobacco Quitline provides that support."

Indiana's adult smoking rate is 22.9 percent, down from 25.9 percent in 2011. The Quitline is working to further reduce those rates through the Quit Now Indiana Preferred Network, which comprises more than 6,700 health care providers, employers and other organizations across the state. An additional 42 local tobacco prevention and cessation community-based coalitions work throughout Indiana to support tobacco users who want to quit.

"We are excited to reach this milestone of the Indiana Tobacco Quitline's 10th anniversary," said Miranda Spitznagle, director of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation at the Indiana State Department of Health. "The Indiana Tobacco Quitline's goals are to help any tobacco user who's ready to quit and to improve the health of Hoosiers so that we reduce the burden of tobacco-related illness on Indiana."

For more information about the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, to see testimonials about the Quitline or to learn more about joining the Quit Now Indiana Preferred Network, please visit www.QuitNowIndiana.com.

Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.StateHealth.in.gov for important health and safety information, or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.



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