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Tobacco Quitline Extends Daily Hours

Release Date: January 6, 2009
Contact: Carol Schriber, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – In a move aimed to make quit-smoking resources more accessible to all North Carolina residents, the N.C. Tobacco Use Quitline has extended its daily closing hour from midnight until 3 a.m.

Anyone with interest in quitting tobacco can call the N.C. Tobacco Use Quitline free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) any day of the week from 8 a.m. until 3 a.m. Eastern Time.

“Now tobacco users who want to quit and who keep later hours can use the quitline after midnight,” said Sally Herndon Malek, head of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch, N.C. Division of Public Health, which administers the service.

Funding for this free, confidential service is currently provided by the N.C. Division of Public Health Tobacco Control Branch in partnership with the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund.

“Once a caller is enrolled in the program, he or she can also get online coaching if they want it,” Malek said. “Our Quit Coaches are very supportive and encouraging; we are proud of the positive assistance they provide.”

The N.C. Tobacco Use Quitline provides services in English, Spanish and many other languages.
Professionally trained Quit Coaches help each caller develop an individualized plan for quitting.

For more information on the Quitline, quitting tobacco and other tobacco and health issues, visit www.tobaccopreventionandcontrol.ncdhhs.gov .