Nebraska Tobacco Quitline

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By Monica Pribil If you’ve ever tried to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, you know it’s hard. It’s hard because nicotine is a very addictive drug. In fact, it’s common for tobacco users to try to quit five to seven times before they finally do. Each time you try to quit though, you learn more about what works for you and eventually you can succeed. The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline can help you quit tobacco for good. 'The Quitline is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Tobacco Free Nebraska program. The toll-free Quitline, 1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUIT-NOW), gives Nebraska residents around-the-clock access to counseling and support services. Calls to the Quitline are free. Calls are answered by trained cessation counselors at the American Cancer Society. When you first call in, you’re given a choice of services, including telephone counseling, self-help materials, referrals to community programs, or a combination of these. If you choose counseling, you’re right away offered a brief counseling session and given the option to enroll in proactive counseling as well… where counselors call you at times that best fit your schedule. All information you provide is confidential. There are many health benefits to quitting tobacco. *Within 20 minutes of smoking the last cigarette: Your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal. *Within three days: Breathing is easier. *Within two to three months: Circulation improves, walking becomes easier, and lung function increases up to 30 percent. *Within one year: Your risk of coronary heart disease will be half that of a smoker. Your family and friends will also benefit, because they will no longer have to breathe in the harmful effects of your secondhand smoke. And your pocketbook will benefit, too. A 20-year smoker, who smokes a pack a day, will have spent more than $25,000 on cigarettes (at $3.50 a pack). That’s enough to have bought a new car or have made a down payment on a home. There’s no one perfect way to quit, but the Quitline is a tool that can help. In fact, telephone counseling programs, like the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline, have been proven to double your chances of quitting successfully. If you’ve been thinking about quitting, start by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW soon.

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