Health Officials Offer Smokers Help

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Health Officials Offer Smokers Help

State health officials say anyone who's ready to stop smoking or using smokeless tobacco can get effective, generous help from the state health department.

Wyoming residents who want to enroll or learn more about their options can visit www.quitwyo.org.

Kathi Wilson is the Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program cessation coordinator. She says studies show that people who want to quit tobacco use have a much higher chance for success if they have a plan. The plan would make tools available, like medication or nicotine replacement gum or patches, and offer some sort of coaching or similar support.

She said the state's program offers free nicotine replacement therapy for those who medically qualify and will also cover a significant portion of the costs for prescription medications meant to help people quit. Phone or online support is also available at no cost to Wyoming residents.

The health official said most people know that smoking or chewing is a poor choice for their health, so she just wants them to know there's help when they're ready to quit.

The state health department works with National Jewish Health to operate the program. It's a hospital in Denver that's known as a respiratory healthcare leader.

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