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Smokers to Get Free Nicotine Patches From the California Smokers' Helpline

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Callers to 1-800-NO-BUTTS Can Receive a Free 2-Week Starter Kit

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For a limited time, the California Smokers' Helpline is sending free nicotine patches to callers from 34 counties in California. Eligible tobacco users who call 1-800-NO-BUTTS and enroll in the free telephone-based quitting program will receive a free two-week starter kit of patches, while supplies last.

Smokers from the following counties are eligible: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, and Tuolumne.

"The Helpline has already served over half a million smokers," said Christopher Anderson, the Helpline's Program Director. "We hope this new opportunity will motivate even more people to give quitting a try."

The patches are an FDA-approved treatment proven to help smokers kick the habit. They release nicotine into the bloodstream through the skin, reducing withdrawal symptoms and slowly weaning smokers off nicotine.

All 34 counties have an adult smoking prevalence rate of 14 percent or higher, according to the 2008 California Tobacco Survey. In comparison, the 2010 statewide adult smoking rate is 11.9 percent.

This new program is part of a nationwide effort called Communities Putting Prevention to Work, which aims to improve health and lower medical costs by preventing disease, such as those caused by tobacco use.

"Helpline counseling doubles smokers' chance of success in quitting," said Anderson. "People who use both counseling and a quitting aid, such as the patch, have the best chance of quitting for good. So now is a perfect time to make that call and get started."

The free patches will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to those who call 1-800-NO-BUTTS.

About the Smokers' Helpline
Callers to the Smokers' Helpline may receive free one-on-one support from a trained cessation counselor, a self-help booklet, and referral to local quit-smoking programs. The Helpline is open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It has specialized services for pregnant smokers, tobacco chewers and teens.  All services are available in multiple languages:

1-800-NO-BUTTS  English
1-800-45-NO-FUME  Spanish
1-800-838-8917  Mandarin and Cantonese
1-800-556-5564  Korean
1-800-778-8440  Vietnamese

For more information, visit www.NoButts.org

Adult Smoking Prevalence Rates for Counties Participating in the Patch Giveaway Program


Participating County

Adult Smoking Prevalence Rate

Alpine

16.0%

Amador

16.0%

Butte

21.0%

Calaveras

18.1%

Colusa

16.0%

Del Norte

16.0%

El Dorado

16.8%

Glenn

16.0%

Humboldt

17.7%

Imperial

16.1%

Inyo

16.0%

Kern

17.1%

Kings

15.1%

Lake

16.0%

Lassen

16.0%

Mariposa

14.3%

Mendocino

14.7%

Merced

17.7%

Modoc

16.0%

Mono

16.0%

Napa

16.0%

Nevada

16.0%

Plumas

16.0%

Sacramento

14.0%

Sierra

16.0%

Siskiyou

16.0%

Solano

14.6%

Sonoma

16.4%

Stanislaus

14.9%

Sutter

16.0%

Tehama

22.8%

Trinity

16.0%

Tulare

16.0%

Tuolumne

21.9%




Contact:
Chris Anderson
(858) 300-1032
cmanderson@ucsd.edu

SOURCE California Smokers' Helpline



RELATED LINKS
http://www.NoButts.org

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