The number one thing tobacco users can do to improve their health and extend their lives is to quit smoking. In Oregon, 80% (or 4 out of 5) of smokers want to quit, and 1 in 2 smokers try to quit every year.
Oregon Tobacco Quit Line
The Quit Line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Quit Line is a free telephone and web-based counseling service to help Oregonians age 13 and over quit using tobacco and nicotine products. The Quit Line can be reached at:
- Call 1.800.QUIT.NOW (1.800.784.8669) or visit www.quitnow.net/oregon/ to get started.
- Spanish Quit Line: 1.855.DEJELO-YA (1.855.335356.92) or www.quitnow.net/oregonsp/
- TTY: 1.877.777.6534
Who Should Contact the Quit Line?
- Are you ready to quit? Contact the Quit Line and they’ll help you make your quit plan.
- Are you not quite ready to quit? Contact the Quit Line and they’ll help you get started.
- Have you tried to quit and it didn’t work? It can take more than one or a few tries to quit for good. Don’t be discouraged. The Quit Line can help you make a new quit plan.
- Have you already quit? Congratulations! It can be hard for a while. If you need help to stay tobacco-free, contact the Quit Line.
Still Not Sure?
The people at the Quit Line know what you’re going through. They don’t nag or lecture. They help you feel more confident about quitting for good. There are many different ways to quit. They’ll help you make a plan that will work for you.
When you call the Quit Line, you will get:
- Tips on what to do when you have the urge to smoke, chew, or use an e-cigarette.
- Times and situations when you usually smoke, chew or use an e-cig and ways to change these routines when you quit.
- If you’ve tried to quit, your Quit Coach will talk to you about what hasn’t worked and new things you could try.
- Your Quit Coach will tell you about medications that can help you quit. They may be able to send you free nicotine patches and/or gum.
What Happens When You Contact The Quit Line?
When you call or visit the Quit Line online, you will be asked to register for the program. Once you are registered, staff will explain what Quit Line counseling benefits are available to you and ask if you would like to start counseling now, or schedule a counseling call at a time that is convenient for you.
Once you sign up with the Quit Line, you can:
- Talk or chat online with an expert Quit Coach who knows what you are going through and will help you make a Quit Plan that will work for you.
- Get more help from your Quit Guide. The Quit Line will send you materials chosen just for you or you can access the Quit Line library online.
- Ask for support. Tell your family and friends about your Quit Plan or join the Quit Line message boards online and connect with others quitting tobacco.
- Receive 2 weeks of nicotine patches and/or gum to help you get started with your quit (if eligible).
If you ever need more help, call the Quit Line again for FREE!
Quit Tobacco Websites:
- Ex: Re-learn to Live Without Cigarettes (becomeanex.org)
- You Can Quit Smoking Now (smokefree.gov)
- Complete Guide to Quitting (American Cancer Society)
- Freedom from Smoking (American Lung Association®)
- Live chat with a quit counselor (National Cancer Institute LiveHelp)
- TeenQuit (teenquit.com)
Health Consequences of Tobacco Use
Among lifelong smokers, 1 out of 2 will die from a smoking-related disease. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, causing many diseases and affecting the overall health of people who smoke. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits for you and your loved ones.
Tobacco use causes cancers, heart diseases, lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction, and reproductive effects (premature birth, low birthweight, stillbirth, and infant death).
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