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For Immediate Release
November 10, 2016

Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9356

Nebraska Tobacco Quitline Provides Help for
Tobacco Users
Annual Great American Smokeout is Nov. 17

Lincoln—Are you ready to take the first step in quitting tobacco? Nov. 17 is the Great American Smokeout, the American Cancer Society’s annual event and it’s an opportunity to begin living your life tobacco free. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Tobacco Free Nebraska program encourages Nebraskans who are ready to give up cigarettes, chewing tobacco or e-cigarettes to call the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline for help and support.

The Great American Smokeout is a great time to join millions of other tobacco users around the country to quit or to use the day to make a quit plan. 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-DEJELO-YA (1-855-355-3569). Quitline services are available in more than 170 languages.

“Life is short, and for those who use tobacco products, quitting returns precious years and vitality,” said Dr. Tom Williams, Director of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer for DHHS. “Quitting tobacco isn’t easy, but with help and support, millions of people have done it, and you can, too.”

What people are saying about the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline:
“This has saved my life.  I owe thanks to the founders of this program and all of the counselors that have helped me.”
“I don’t think I would have been able to do this without you. I feel much more motivated to quit now.”

Some tips for your Quit Day include:
  • Do not use tobacco—not even one puff or chew!
  • Stay active—walking, exercising or doing other activities will help.
  • Drink lots of water and 100% juices.
  • Attend a cessation class or start following a self-help plan.
  • Limit or avoid alcohol.
  • Change your routine. Use a different route to work. Drink tea instead of coffee. Eat different foods.
  • Call the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline. 1-800-QUIT-NOW. 
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  • Visit the Great American Smokeout webpage for additional resources and information.

The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All information provided to the Quitline is confidential. The Quitline provides no-cost services including counseling with a trained quit coach and help creating a quit plan along with resources like printed materials and social support.  Medicaid clients have a low co-pay for nicotine replacement medicine, if prescribed by a healthcare provider.

Funding for the Quitline is provided by DHHS/Tobacco Free Nebraska as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.