November 17, 2003

Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 20th

California Smokersí Helpline Offers Free Support for Quitting Smoking

Each year millions of people quit smoking for a day or longer during the Great American Smokeout, this year scheduled for Thursday, November 20. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this nationally recognized event raises awareness and encourages tobacco users to take a step toward quitting.

For those wishing to quit tobacco, the California Smokersí Helpline offers motivational self-help materials, telephone counseling and referrals to local tobacco cessation resources to assist in this process. The Helpline is a free, statewide research-based tobacco-cessation project funded by the California Department of Health Services through Proposition 99, and operated through the University of California, San Diego.

Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit permanently when they have planned ahead and have some means of support. Working with the California Smokers' Helpline (1-800-NO-BUTTS) may double an individualís chances of quitting successfully.

Since its inception at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Cancer Center in 1992, the California Smokersí Helpline has provided service to more than 250,000 people statewide. Six languages are represented: English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese, as well as a TDD line for the hearing impaired. These services are available to any person living in California, age 14 and older (materials alone for those under the age of 14).

English 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887)

Spanish 1-800-45-NO-FUME (1-800-456-6386)

Mandarin &Cantonese 1-800-838-8917

Korean 1-800-556-5564

Vietnamese 1-800-778-8440

TDD/TTY 1-800-933-4TDD (1-800-933-4833)

Chewing Tobacco 1-800-844-CHEW (1-800-844-2439)


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