Indiana Tobacco Quitline offers free medication to smokers interested in quitting

Smokers interested in quitting can receive free medication to help them do so, thanks to the Indiana Tobacco Quitline. Smokers said quitting can be hard, but this could be a way to help those interested kick their habit.

Posted: Mar 25, 2019 6:43 PM

TERRE HAUTE Ind. (WTHI)- Research shows smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined.

Now, a group wants to help Hoosiers to quit using all tobacco products.

The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is offering medication to help those interested in quitting smoking.

Users can receive a two week supply of nicotine replacement therapy, including gum or patches.

Smokers said it can be very hard to give up the habit, so they welcome any help.

Lisa Cooper has been smoking since she was 14-years-old.

She's tried many times before to kick the habit.

"One day I did wake up and I pitched them aside, and said I want to quit," said Cooper.

Cooper said she made it a whole year nicotine free and hopes to do it again.

That's why she said services like this are important to help others quit.

"It sounds like a good idea. It would help. Considering my side of the family, there's a lot of health issues. I mean my grandpa died from Emphysema," said Cooper.

Cooper isn't the only one who's tried several times to quit.

Alfred Irwin has been smoking for more than 35 years.

He's tried to quit three times, but has not been successful.

That's why Irwin said it's important to try all the methods possible to stop smoking.

"Some people I met through the VA, some of them have tried the patches. It worked for them, so maybe it might help some," said Irwin.

Irwin said the free medication to help smokers could be very beneficial.

"Keep trying. Don''t give up. It will be worth it in the end I'm sure," said Irwin.

The state health department said nearly 7,500 people received the free medication in the past year.

If you're interested in the services all you have to do is enroll in the Indiana Tobacco Quitline.

They will partner you with a professional quit coach.

The coaches will develop a plan for you, which may include that medication.

You can call the Indiana Quitline at 1-800-quit-now.

Services are available seven days a week in more than 170 languages.

There's also an Illinois Quitline.

That number is 1-866-quit-yes.

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