Smoking 'quitline,' Web site set up
Colorado public health officials, physicians and others Tuesday unveiled a "quitline" toll-free telephone counseling service for people who want to quit smoking.
"Virtually anyone in the state who has access to a telephone can take advantage of these convenient and confidential services free of charge simply by dialing 1-800-639-QUIT (7848) or by logging on to co-quitnet.com," said Karen DeLeeux, director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership.
The counseling service, funded by the state's share of the national tobacco settlement, is available in both English and Spanish.
QuitNet is an Internet service offering peer support through an online community of people trying to quit, as well as expert advice on tobacco cessation strategies and pharmaceuticals that may help, according to a state news release.
According to a health department survey, 85 percent of Colorado's 640,000 adult smokers said they considered quitting during the previous year.