Free Nicotine Patches Now Available For Any Ohio Tobacco User from the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation

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Nearly two million Ohio tobacco users can now receive two weeks of FREE nicotine patches when they enroll in the OhioQuits program, the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation's (OTPF) new, expanded tobacco cessation program.

We anticipate that the offer of free nicotine patches to those who call 1-800-QUIT-NOW and enroll will serve a much larger number of Ohioans who want to end their deadly addiction to tobacco for good

Nearly two million Ohio tobacco users can now receive two weeks of FREE nicotine patches when they enroll in the OhioQuits program, the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation's (OTPF) new, expanded tobacco cessation program.

Announced today, OhioQuits will provide a combination of free nicotine patches and expanded cessation coaching options by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW, formerly Ohio Tobacco QUIT LINE. This pairing is one of the most proven-effective methods for successfully quitting tobacco and is recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We anticipate that the offer of free nicotine patches to those who call 1-800-QUIT-NOW and enroll will serve a much larger number of Ohioans who want to end their deadly addiction to tobacco for good," said Mike Renner, executive director of the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation.

Ohioans who use cessation coaching from 1-800-QUIT-NOW in combination with free nicotine patches are up to eight times more likely to quit for good.

The new OhioQuits program will also offer Ohioans expanded methods of cessation coaching including telephone based counseling previously offered through the QUIT LINE plus individual and group centered face-to-face coaching through five Tobacco Treatment centers and an online option (offered later this spring).

Tobacco Treatment centers are located at The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland; The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus; Kettering Medical Center; Dayton; The Toledo Hospital, Toledo; and Humility of Mary Health Partners' St. Elizabeth and St. Joseph Health Centers, Youngstown. The Treatment centers offer FREE support to any Ohio tobacco user and offer different types of NRT in addition to patches. All Tobacco Treatment centers are now taking referrals from OhioQuits except for The Ohio State University Medical Center, which will begin in July.

Ohioans ready to quit tobacco may call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or request a call online at http://www.OhioQuits.com. Calls will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. Once the individual has connected by phone with OhioQuits, they are enrolled in either telephone or online coaching or directed to a face-to-face cessation program through one of the Tobacco Treatment centers.

Once connected with the cessation program that is right for their lifestyle, OhioQuits enrollees are approved to receive two weeks of free nicotine patches (if the caller's current health permits their use) and patches are mailed directly to their home.

The enrollee continues through their quitting process with cessation coaching and the aid of the free nicotine patches for the first two weeks of treatment. An additional six-week supply of patches is available for purchase online or by phone at a significantly discounted rate.

The Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation also helps uninsured Ohioans with reduced cost nicotine patches (after the initial two weeks of free nicotine patches) when they enroll in the OhioQuits program through a partnership with CVS and Rite Aid pharmacies.

"The Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation and our partners are dedicated to helping Ohioans quit tobacco for good," said Renner. "We will continue to look at ways to expand our cessation offerings so that every person across our state that wants to quit will have the tools they need to be successful."

To date, 1-800-QUIT-NOW has fielded more than 130,000 calls and helped more than 27,000 Ohioans quit tobacco for good.

About The Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation
The Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation (OTPF) was created by the Ohio General Assembly in 2000 and is funded with monies secured from the national Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between tobacco companies and 46 states. The Foundation is charged with reducing tobacco use among Ohioans, with an emphasis on youth, minority and regional populations, pregnant women and others who may be disproportionately affected by the use of tobacco. Adhering to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) best practices, OTPF programs include the distribution of community grants, the operation of OhioQuits at 1-800-QUIT-NOW, and stand, Ohio's youth-led tobacco counter-marketing campaign. For more information on OTPF and its programs, go to http://www.otpf.org or visit OTPF's youth Web site at http://www.standonline.org.

Links
http://www.OTPF.org
http://www.OhioQuits.org

Contact:
Andrea Slesinski
614-917-1182 or 614-352-5096
aslesinski(at)northlich.com

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