Quitline Iowa expands its nicotine-replacement program offering
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced an expansion of the free nicotine replacement program launched earlier this year for Iowans who enroll in Quitline Iowa, according to Chris Kempker, tobacco prevention coordinator with the Iowa State University’s Henry County Extension Office in Mt. Pleasant.
Beginning this week, any participant who enrolls in the no-cost program could be eligible for twice as much nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) — eight weeks instead of four weeks.
“We believe this change offers Iowans who need help quitting smoking or using smokeless tobacco a greater incentive to enroll in Quitline Iowa,” said IDPH Director Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. “The longer an individual has access to NRT, the more likely they are to stay tobacco free. It’s hoped that by expanding access to nicotine replacement patches, lozenges or gum, those struggling with withdrawal symptoms will be more likely to succeed in quitting for good.”
Iowans can take advantage of the program by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting www.quitnow.net/iowa to enroll. The program offers access to a trained coach who will help develop a quitting plan and determine what NRT offering is best for each individual.
• Preparing participants for their quit date;
• Helping develop an individualized quitting plan;
• Providing tips and support to live in a smoke-free environment;
• Offering advice and information on medications that may help with withdrawal symptoms. Registration specialists and coaches are available 24 hours a day.