Tobacco ‘Quit Line’ to offer specials for new resolutions

Beginning Jan. 1, for a limited time only, the Montana Tobacco Quit Line will offer six weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (gum, lozenges or the patch), up from a 4-week supply that is normally offered.

In addition, the Quit Line is reducing the monthly co-pay for Chantix from $50 to $25 (for up to three months) and Buproprion will be available for three months at a $5 co-pay per month.

“The reduced costs are meant to encourage successful New Year’s resolutions to quit for Montanans who use tobacco,” says Anna Whiting Sorrell, Director of the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Data collected by the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP) reveals that the vast majority of those who use tobacco want to quit.

“We know that callers who receive the full range of our free quitting services are 7 to 10 times more likely to quit,” says Linda Lee, MTUPP Section Supervisor. “Considering that smoking kills 1,400 Montanans every year, this is a true holiday gift of life.”

Callers who enroll with the Quit Line will also receive guidance from specialists who help each individual develop a personalized quit plan, and five calls with a quit coach who will guide the individual through the quitting process.

The Montana Tobacco Quit Line is a free service available to smokers as well as individuals who use other tobacco products.

Calling the Quit Line is toll-free, at 1-800-QUIT NOW (784-8669).