Hawaii will continue to provide free nicotine replacement therapy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reportedly reducing the amount of funds for tobacco quitlines throughout the United States starting August 1, 2013.
Washington state followed the CDC's tobacco quitline budget cuts by terminating their full, free support for those wanting to quit smoking tobacco.
Hawaii residents looking to quit smoking tobacco expressed concern that their local tobacco quitline will follow Washington's footsteps, but I'm happy to report that's not the case.
"The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline currently has no plans to stop or decrease any of the free services for tobacco users in Hawaii. It will continue to provide free nicotine replacement therapy along with personalized counseling for tobacco users who are ready to quit. It will also continue to provide free help for friends and family of tobacco users and for healthcare providers wanting to know more about tobacco use. The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline will continue to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," a Trust Fund Project Team Communications Specialist responded to my email regarding the CDC's tobacco quitline budget cuts.
You can learn more about the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline by visiting ClearTheSmoke.org.
- HeraldNet.com | State pulls smoking quitline funding | July 28, 2013