Going Smokefree in 2019: 3 Free Resources Available to Help Hoosiers Quit
(December 27, 2018) -
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Today, the American Lung Association in Indiana announced three free resources to help residents who are ready to quit using tobacco as a part of their New Year’s resolution.
According to the Lung Association’s 2018 State of Tobacco Control report, more than 21 percent of adults smoke in Indiana, which is attributed to 11,070 deaths per year in the state. Unfortunately, not everyone has benefited equally from tobacco control efforts, and as a result the smoking rate is much higher for lower income and some minority communities. In fact, 33.6 percent of adults living in public housing smoke and more than 20 percent of African-American adults report that they currently use tobacco.
“While the smoking rate is decreasing in our state, not all communities are seeing the same progress and lifesaving benefits of quitting smoking,” said Nick Torres, Advocacy Director for the Lung Association in Indiana. “That’s why we offer special programs throughout the state to help people quit. The New Year is the perfect time for people to commit to a smokefree life and we are here to help.”
The Lung Association offers several free programs and resources to help Hoosiers quit smoking:
- Smoking Cessation Initiative: Through the Smoking Cessation for Low Income Housing Residents initiative, the Lung Association works with Public Housing Agencies and other local partners to provide free resources for people who are ready to quit. The residents are given free access to the Freedom From Smoking program, a proven-effective smoking cessation program that has helped hundreds of thousands of people quit tobacco. This program is funded by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Indiana. For more information, call 1-800-LUNGUSA.
- Urban League Partnership: The Lung Association and Indianapolis Urban League partnered to offer free smoking cessation services to Indianapolis’ African-American community. Funded through a $1 million grant from the CVS Health Foundation, this partnership serves those who face a disproportionate burden of tobacco use and tobacco-related illness by giving access to the Freedom From Smoking program. Participants can complete the program online, over the phone or by attending in-person groups. To learn more and sign up, visit our website.
- 1-800-QUIT-NOW: The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is a free telephonic tobacco cessation resource staffed by professional Quit Coaches®. The Quitline is designed for Indiana tobacco users in any stage of readiness to quit and is available 24/7. Along with counseling, the Indiana Tobacco Quitline provides a free Quit Kit and a personalized quit plan. The Quitline also offers information about nicotine replacement therapy (such as nicotine patches). Resources are available online at QuitNowIndiana.com or over the phone at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669).
“Nicotine in cigarettes and e-cigarettes are highly addictive, which is part of why it can be so tough to quit smoking. On average, it takes a tobacco user eight to 11 quit attempts before they are smokefree,” said Torres. “This is why it is so important to turn to proven methods and expert resources to help you quit smoking for good.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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