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For Immediate Release
December 23, 2016

Judi Yorges, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-6585
Toast to Your Health in 2017
New Year’s Resolution - Give up Tobacco for Good
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Lincoln – Was quitting tobacco your New Year’s resolution last year? But you’re still using tobacco and it’s almost 2017 and time for a new resolution. Don’t worry, and try again. It usually takes several attempts to quit smoking according to the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline, a program of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Tobacco Free Nebraska.
The Quitline is here to help you keep your 2017 resolution. During the month of January, the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is providing extra assistance for tobacco users who are trying to quit.  A two-week supply of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges is available at no cost to any Nebraska resident who is trying to quit tobacco (while supplies last).
“There are so many immediate and long-term health benefits when someone stops using tobacco,” said Dr. Tom Williams, Director of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer for the DHHS. “Within 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure drop. Within two to three months, your lung function increases and after a year of living tobacco free, the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker, not to mention the long-term decreased risk of lung and other cancers. I hope all Nebraskans who want to quit will call the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline.”
More than 2,100 Nebraskans registered for Quitline services in 2015. Here’s what callers have said about the Quitline experience:
  • “There are so many people like me out there that have tried everything to help them quit, it feels so good to finally find something that works.”
  • “You’ve coached me through this very well. Thank you! I appreciate you helping me.”
  • “I appreciate what you do! You are saving lives and helping people every day.”

Call the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline (available 24/7) and ask about the no-cost nicotine replacement therapy, available through January 31, while supplies last. Callers will be screened for medical eligibility to receive the medication, which is shipped directly to the caller’s home. All information provided to the Quitline is confidential. 

Medicaid-covered clients are still eligible for a 90-day supply of prescription nicotine replacement therapy at a very low cost.  Individuals with private insurance should contact their insurance provider about their cessation prescription benefit. 

Free help is available by calling the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or in Spanish, call 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-355-3569). Quitline services are available in more than 170 languages. You can visit the website for additional resources at

Funding for this project is provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco Free Nebraska Program as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.