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 Quitting tobacco is challenging. It’s a journey, but not one that you must take alone. Quitline Iowa is a free service with a team of coaches trained to safely guide you down the path to success. The Community Partnership Tobacco Use Prevention Project for Floyd, Mitchell and Chickasaw Counties reminds residents that regardless of your insurance status, Quitline is available to help you quit tobacco.

In Iowa, 16.7 percent of adults smoke. One in four Iowa adults uses tobacco in some form; cigarettes are the most used. Tobacco is the leading cause of death for Iowans, taking the lives of more than 4,400 adults each year.

If you are commercially insured, uninsured, on Medicare or Medicaid Fee for Service you can use Quitline Iowa, said Kathy Babcock, Chickasaw County Public Health Director and Administrator of the Community Partnership Project, “If you are uninsured or on Medicare, you may be eligible for free nicotine replacement therapy.”

Quitline Iowa pairs tobacco users with a Quit Coach® to help them develop an individualized quitting plan and determine how to best help them stay tobacco-free. A Quit Coach® also helps by:

• Preparing participants for their quit date

• Providing tips and support to live in a smoke-free environment

• Offering advice and information on medications that may help with withdrawal symptoms

Iowa residents including Floyd, Mitchell, and Chickasaw County residents can take advantage of the program by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), or visiting www.quitlineiowa.org to enroll. Registration specialists and Quit Coaches® are available 24 hours a day.

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