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State announces expanded tobacco cessation services





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
CONTACT: Colleen Winter, (605) 773-3737
 
State announces expanded tobacco cessation services
 
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Tobacco Control Program announced a significant upgrade to the state’s tobacco cessation services today. The tobacco control program now offers a 24/7 web-based smoking cessation program at www.SDQuitLine.com. The new service is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
“South Dakota’s smoking rates have been dropping in recent years, but there is always more work to be done. With the addition of unlimited online support we are making one more tool available to people who are trying to kick the habit,” said Colleen Winter, director of health and medical services for the South Dakota Department of Health. 
 
The new online service offers access to the latest information and research-based tools 24/7, personalized motivational messages, step by step guides to help people cut down or quit and online support from other quitters. Enrollment in the online program is free.
 
South Dakota’s adult smoking prevalence dropped to an all-time low of 17.5 percent in 2008. “We know people who get support to quit tobacco are twice as likely to kick the habit for good as those who try to quit on their own.” Winter reported.
 
Winter went on to say that because the state has prioritized tobacco prevention not only are there fewer people suffering or dying from smoking related diseases, but the state will also see a reduction in healthcare costs. “Our goal is to continue to add flexible, personal services that will benefit the people in South Dakota who are trying to quit, particularly groups such as Medicaid clients, American Indians, youth and pregnant women who all smoke at rates higher than the general population” Winter said. 
 
Reducing tobacco use is a key objective of the department’s Health 2020 Initiative. 
 
 
South Dakota Tobacco Control Program Cessation Services:
 
Services
Provided
Personalized Quit Plan
Free Live Counseling
Free Medication
Online Community Support
Tools to Track Progress
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Dakota QuitLine 1-866-SD QUITS
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Online Services www.SDQuitLine.com
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QuitLine website screenshot
 
 
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About the Tobacco Control Program:
 
The Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program coordinates state efforts to reduce death and disease caused by tobacco use, South Dakota’s leading cause of preventable death. The program works to prevent people from starting to use tobacco products, help current tobacco users quit and reduce nonsmokers’ exposure to secondhand smoke. The program’s efforts include: providing technical assistance and support to individuals, businesses, healthcare providers, and educational institutions; offering funding and support to local entities; conducting statewide public education campaigns; operating the State’s tobacco QuitLine; and conducting surveillance and program evaluation.