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Montana’s Tobacco Quit Line Turns Five

May 12, 2009

Helena, MT – It's been five years, and almost 10,000 Montanans can brag about being tobacco-free. The Montana Tobacco Quit Line turns five years old this month and is celebrating one of the highest success rates nationwide in helping people stop smoking or stop using chewing tobacco.

Lewis and Clark County tobacco use prevention specialist Darby Bramble credits the success to the dedication of those calling for help, and to the program's individualized coaching methods.

"Having a 30 percent rate of quitting tobacco with the Quit Line is very high. This is one of the highest quit line rates in the country."

Bramble says seven in ten smokers in Montana say they want to quit. And certainly the overwhelming scientific information on how tobacco harms people's health and kills them - including the dangers of secondhand smoke - plays a role in that decision.

"People call the Montana Tobacco Quit Line to help their own health; they do it sometimes to be a good role model; they also do it for financial reasons."

Bramble says those calling the Quit Line are about ten times more likely to be successful than those trying to go it alone.

The American Heart Association lists smoking as a major cause of heart attacks and strokes. The Quit Line is 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - MT