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posted on February 13, 2013 11:32

NEWS RELEASE--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               Date: Feb. 13, 2013

Contact:  Niki Forbing-Orr  
Public Information Officer
(208) 334-0693

New free online service helps Idaho’s tobacco users quit 

Idaho has a new website designed to help people get free resources to fight their tobacco habit.

Starting Feb. 13, Idahoans can visit https://www.quitnow.net/idaho/ for free online quitting services and to receive a free four-week supply of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. 

If you sign up on the old service, Idaho QuitNet at www.idaho.quitnet.com before Feb. 16, you can still go there for all of the free quit services. But if you do not order your nicotine replacement therapy products (patches, gum or lozenges) on the Idaho QuitNet before Feb. 16, you’ll have to register at the new website, https://www.quitnow.net/idaho/, to order them.

This new online service gives Idahoans dozens of free quitting tools and resources. It’s easy to sign up and once you’re registered, you can receive a free four-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy products (patches, gum, or lozenges). You can also use the following services, among many others:

  • Quitting Aids — These aids will help you decide what type, dose and schedule of nicotine replacement or other medication is right for you. They’ll also teach you how to use nicotine replacement products.
  • Quit Guide — It’s an easy-to-use workbook that you can use in any situation to help you stick with your Quitting Plan.
  • Quit Coach® — You can get expert support and assistance whenever you need it, over the phone, from coaches who specialize in helping people quit tobacco.
  • Web Coach® — You’ll have access to a private, online community where you can complete activities, watch videos, track your progress, and join in discussions with others in the program. There are more than 25,000 active members.

Nicotine replacement therapy, combined with counseling, is very effective. Using a nicotine replacement therapy can double a smoker’s chances of quitting smoking. Research also shows that the likelihood of staying quit for more than six months is increased when a smoker uses nicotine replacement therapy according to the directions.

Idahoans also can call the 1-800-Quit-Now (QuitLine) and receive a free four-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy sent to the address provided. People younger than 18 must get a doctor’s prescription. Five counseling sessions are provided through the QuitLine.