A state-run smoking cessation program is being expanded to offer a little something extra to low-income or needy Missourians. It’s the Missouri Tobacco Quitline, started in 2005, which offers advice to those looking for help to kick the habit.
Nanci Gonder with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says the Quitline will now offer additional help to those who qualify for it. "If individuals are uninsured or receive Medicaid," says Gonder, "They will be offered nicotine replacement supplies, such as patches – nicotine patches or nicotine gum, to further help them in their efforts to become healthier and quit smoking."
Gonder reminds everyone that the Missouri Tobacco Quitline is available to anyone trying to quit smoking. The number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).