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Enrollment in Quitline Iowa
offers eight weeks of free replacement therapy to help people quit smoking

The Iowa Department of Public Health is expanding the free nicotine replacement program launched earlier this year for Iowans who enroll in Quitline Iowa. Any participant enrolling in the no-cost program could be eligible for twice as much nicotine replacement therapy — 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,” IDPH Director, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks said. “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 1-800-784-8669 or visiting www.quitnow.net/iowa to enroll. The program offers access to a trained Quit Coach® who will help develop a quitting plan and determine which NRT offering is best for each individual.

Services include:

• 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

For local assistance or information on quitting smoking, call Skiff Medical Center’s Home Care and Public Health department at (641) 792-5086.

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