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NEED HELP KEEPING YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION? TURN TO THE OKLAHOMA TOBACCO HELPLINE

Free Services Available Statewide for Oklahomans Quitting Tobacco

OKLAHOMA CITY – December 29, 2017 – Thinking about quitting tobacco in the new year? The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), provides FREE resources to Oklahomans who are thinking about quitting tobacco, currently quitting tobacco, former tobacco users wanting to stay tobacco-free and those who want to support loved ones or patients.

“December is a natural time to begin thinking of New Year’s resolutions and a healthy start to 2018,” said Paola Klein, Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline coordinator. “Whether you’re ready to quit right away, or you’re just thinking about quitting, the Helpline’s free resources and specially trained Quit Coaches can help you create a customized plan that works for you.”

The Helpline’s free customizable services include three plans: All Access, Web Coach and Individual Services. In addition to text and email support, along with phone and web coaching, the Helpline also provides free patches, gum and lozenges. These innovative tools and customizable options provide flexibility for Oklahomans searching for a quit plan that fits their lifestyle.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is not just for those who are ready to quit. For those thinking of quitting tobacco, the Helpline offers information and resources to prepare Oklahomans for the next step. Additionally, tobacco users are encouraged to take the Helpline’s Readiness Quiz to assess their attitudes, beliefs and emotions regarding the quitting process.

“With so many free resources, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is an invaluable resource for all Oklahomans, no matter where they are in their quit journey,” said Klein. “This New Year, consider calling the Helpline and giving yourself and your loved ones the gift of a healthier life.”

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline’s resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit OKhelpline.com to learn more. Connect with the Helpline through social media by liking the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline on Facebook or following @OKhelpline on Twitter and Instagram.

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a free service for Oklahomans who want to quit tobacco. Funding is primarily provided by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline has served more than 360,000 Oklahomans since 2003 and has been ranked among the top quitlines for reaching tobacco users seeking treatment for the last ten years by the North American Quitline Consortium.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to: www.ok.gov/tset.