Free services are available statewide for Oklahomans quitting tobacco
OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 21, 2020) — Is quitting tobacco on your list of New Year’s resolutions? The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), provides FREE resources to Oklahomans who are thinking about quitting tobacco. Resources are also available to former tobacco users wanting to stay tobacco free and for those who want to support loved ones, patients or employees. Plus, support from the Helpline is proven to more than double your chance of success.
“Take the opportunity this New Year to prioritize your health and quit tobacco for good,” said Paola Klein, Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline coordinator. “The health benefits start almost immediately. Within 20 minutes of quitting, your body will already start repairing itself from the harmful effects of tobacco. You’ll have more energy, improved lung capacity, a better sense of taste and extra money in your pocket.”
The Helpline offers free, customizable services for each participant. Text and phone support, Quit Coaching, plus free patches, gum or lozenges are all available through the Helpline. These innovative tools and customizable options provide flexibility to those searching for a Quit Plan that fits their lifestyle. These free Quit Plans include All Access, Web Coach and Individual Services options.
Those seeking to quit tobacco should talk to their healthcare provider about receiving additional quit support like prescription medication.
For those who are not quite ready to quit, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline can provide information and resources to prepare them for when they are ready. Tobacco users are encouraged to take the Helpline’s Readiness Quiz to assess their attitudes, beliefs and emotions about quitting. The digital Cost Calculator can also show how much money quitters will save.
“With so many free resources, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is an invaluable resource for all Oklahomans, no matter where they are in their quit journey,” Klein said. “This New Year, consider calling the Helpline and giving yourself the gift of a healthier life.”
In addition, the Helpline has partnered with My Life, My Quit to provide quit services to Oklahoma teens, 13-17. My Life, My Quit is a text-based service to help youth quit tobacco, including vaping. These free services can be found at MyLifeMyQuit.com or by texting “Start My Quit” to 36072.
Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit OKhelpline.com to explore all the free services and resources available to Oklahomans. Connect with the Helpline through social media by liking the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline on Facebook or following @OKhelpline on Twitter and Instagram.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a free service for Oklahomans wanting to help themselves, loved ones, patients or employees live tobacco free. Funding is primarily provided by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline has served more than 450,000 Oklahomans since 2003 and has been ranked among the top quitlines for reaching tobacco users seeking treatment for the last 10 years by the North American Quitline Consortium.
My Life, My Quit is a free program to help Oklahoma teens, ages 13-17, quit tobacco, including electronic cigarettes. Offering tools most utilized by teens, free live texting, web chat and phone calls, My Life, My Quit supports teens through the steps of quitting tobacco to be able to live tobacco free. Funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, these free services for Oklahoma teens can be found at MyLifeMyQuit.com or by texting “Start My Quit” to 36072.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations 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, cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and 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.