GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT OFFERS SMOKERS CHANCE TO BEGIN QUIT JOURNEY

 

Make Nov. 19 ‘Day One’ with Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline’s FREE Quit Services

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 10, 2020) — On Nov. 19, smokers across Oklahoma and the U.S. are encouraged to make a plan to quit tobacco for a day – or for a lifetime – during the Great American Smokeout. Since 1970, the American Cancer Society event has raised awareness about tobacco cessation and encouraged tobacco users to begin their quit journey. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline offers judgment-free help, including quit coaching and free patches, gum or lozenges, to Oklahoma tobacco users looking to make a change.

“We know quitting smoking isn’t easy – the Great American Smokeout offers participants encouragement as they begin the process of quitting tobacco,” said Julie Bisbee, TSET executive director. “Whether you’re thinking about quitting tobacco, currently quitting tobacco, or supporting loved ones in their quit journey, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline can provide free resources and support.”

Since 2003, more than 450,000 Oklahomans have used the Helpline’s resources. In addition to tips and resources online, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline provides FREE services including text and email support and free patches, gum or lozenges. Additionally, quit coaches are available 24/7 to assist in creating a customized quit plan.

“I couldn’t have done it by myself,” said Shaun Pryor of Edmond, a former smoker. “The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline was instrumental in my success.”

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to quitting tobacco. However, the Helpline’s evaluation results show that those who work with a quit coach and use the full range of services available have the best chance of quitting. Oklahoma smokers can benefit from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline’s free resources and tools both during the Great American Smokeout and the rest of the year.

“With so many resources available, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline can help users build a customized quit plan in preparation for the Great American Smokeout, allowing them to quit not only for one day, but hopefully for life,” said Paola Klein, Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline coordinator. “No matter your age or how long you’ve been smoking, quitting improves health both immediately and over the long term. We know that giving up smoking with support like that offered through the Helpline more than doubles your chances of success.”

In addition, the Helpline has partnered with My Life, My Quit to provide quit services to teens. The My Life, My Quit program is a text-based service to help youth quit tobacco, including vaping.

TSET will launch a new education campaign for My Life, My Quit in the coming weeks, which will run through the holidays. This campaign, “End the Cycle,” will target teens in Oklahoma ages 13-17 who are currently vaping nicotine and want to quit. The main message of the campaign is that, “Nicotine addiction can take control and My Life, My Quit can make it easier to stop.”

Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit OKhelpline.com to explore all the free services and resources available to Oklahomans.

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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My Life, My Quit is a free program to help Oklahoma teens, ages 13-17, quit tobacco, including e-cigarettes. Offering tools most utilized by teens, free live texting, web chat and phone calls, My Life, My Quit supports teens through the steps of quitting tobacco to be able to live tobacco free. Funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, these free services for Oklahoma teens can be found at MyLifeMyQuit.com or by texting “Start My Quit” to 855-891-9989.

TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a FREE service for Oklahomans wanting 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, Oklahoma Employees Group Insurance Division and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline has served more than 365,000 Oklahomans since 2003 and was ranked the top quitline for reaching tobacco users seeking treatment in FY2013 by the North American Quitline Consortium.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards 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, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by 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.

For more information, contact:
Thomas Larson, Director of Public Information and Outreach
thomasl@tset.ok.gov
Direct: (405) 521-4992
Cell: (405) 642-6860