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Free nicotine patches and gum being given out to celebrate Indiana Tobacco's Quitline's 15th anniversary
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Free nicotine patches and gum being given out to celebrate Indiana Tobacco's Quitline's 15th anniversary

Free nicotine patches and gum being given out to celebrate Indiana Tobacco's Quitline's 15th anniversary

Indiana's Tobacco Quitline, which claims a 43% success rate, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Looking to make a healthy change in your life?

The Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition for Porter County is giving out four weeks of free nicotine patches and gum to those looking to wean themselves off tobacco products to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Indiana Tobacco Quitline.

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Porter County residents can get the smoking cessation aides while supplies last by calling 1-800-QUIT NOW.

“The Indiana Tobacco Quitline plays an important part in helping all Hoosiers, including Porter County residents, live healthier lives,” said Carrie Higgins, Program Director of the Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition for Porter County. "Quitting tobacco use is one of the best actions a person can take to improve their overall health.”

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The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is credited with helping more than 180,000 smokers in the Hoosier State — including an estimated 3,200 Porter County residents — quit with free counseling over the phone, coaching on the web and a texting service that keeps people on track as they try to become more healthy and tobacco-free.

An estimated 19.2% of Hoosiers smoke, down from 25.9% a decade ago.

The Quitline, whose services are free to the public, claims a successful quit rate of 43%.

“We are excited to reach this milestone of the Indiana Tobacco Quitline’s 15th anniversary,” said Miranda Spitznagle, the director of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation at the Indiana Department of Health. “We’re also proud that the Quitline has been able to launch these additional services and cessation tools at a time when Hoosiers who use tobacco need it most.”

For more information visit QuitNowIndiana.com or valpo.edu/tepc.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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