Need help to quit smoking?
The Illinois Tobacco Quitline, 1-866-QUIT-Yes (1-866-784-8937), provides free, confidential counseling and support to tobacco users through all stages of the quitting process. The Quitline is staffed by Addiction Specialists, Respiratory Therapists and Registered Nurses trained at the Mayo clinic. These specially trained staff can provide ongoing support through the process of quitting. The Quitline hours are Monday through Friday, from 7am to 9 pm and translation services are available in 150 languages.
Over 9 years of operation, the Quitline has achieved a success rate showing 43% of callers have either cut down or quit, with 17% who cut down and 26% who quit.
For more information on this program and how you can Quit Smoking Today, please visit the links below:
Knock Tobacco Out of the Park
Tell Major League Baseball (MLB): It's time to knock tobacco out of the park! Smokeless tobacco harms baseball players, and young fans imitate big league players. This year, MLB and the players union are negotiating a new contract that can finally make baseball tobacco-free. Learn what you can do to help Knock Tobacco Out of the Park.
New Cigarette Warnings
Beginning September 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States. These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years and are a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking. To view these warnings, click here.
Put Out the Myth on Light/Low/Mild Tobacco
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are working together to educate consumers, public health partners, and the general public about tobacco regulations that took effect on June 22, 2010. These regulations limit the sale, distribution, and marketing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to individuals younger than18 years of age; require larger and stronger health warning labels to appear on smokeless tobacco advertisements and on smokeless tobacco products manufactured on or after June 22, 2010; and prohibit the tobacco industry from manufacturing for sale or distribution any tobacco products for which the label, labeling, or advertising contains the descriptors “light,” “low,” or “mild” (or any similar descriptor).