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Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline Offers Free Support to Smokers Trying to Quit Following the Tobacco Price Increase

Free resources available to tobacco users looking to quit their own way 

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 27, 2018) – If the July 1 cigarette and little cigar price increase has you thinking about quitting, reach out to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline for FREE support.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), offers free assistance to Oklahomans who want to quit tobacco, including text and email support, phone and web coaching and a two-week supply of patches, gum or lozenges for registered participants. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline’s resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customizable options provide flexibility for Oklahomans searching for a quit plan that fits their lifestyle. 

“The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline provides the tools and support needed to quit tobacco,” said TSET Executive Director John Woods. “Quitting is hard, but with nonjudgmental support, you’ll be more successful quitting and staying quit. The reasons to quit really add up – you’ll feel healthier almost instantly and now, you’ll be saving even more money.”

Not sure how much tobacco use costs? Check out the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline’s cost calculator to find out. Oklahomans can also learn more by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Helpline website. 

This cigarette and little cigar price increase is expected to discourage more than 17,000 Oklahoma kids from ever starting to use tobacco. Additionally, the price increase will encourage 18,700 adults to quit smoking.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is not just for those who are ready to quit. For those thinking of quitting tobacco, the Helpline offers information and resources to prepare Oklahomans for the next step. Additionally, tobacco users are encouraged to take the Helpline’s Readiness Quiz to assess their attitudes, beliefs and emotions regarding the quitting process.  

Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit OKhelpline.com to learn more. Connect with the Helpline through social media by liking the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline on Facebook or following @OKhelpline on Twitter and Instagram.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Julie Bisbee, Director of Public Information and Outreach
julieb@tset.ok.gov
(405) 521-4992 (office)
(405) 301-3693 (cell)

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a FREE service for Oklahomans wanting to quit tobacco. Funding is primarily provided by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Employees Group Insurance Division and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline has served more than 365,000 Oklahomans since 2003 and was ranked the top quitline for reaching tobacco users seeking treatment in FY2013 by the North American Quitline Consortium.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to: www.ok.gov/tset.