3 free resources to help Hoosiers go smoke free in 2019

Posted: 6:02 PM, Dec 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-27 18:09:18-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Is your New Year's resolution to quit smoking in 2019?

The American Lung Association in Indiana has provided three free resources to help Hoosiers quit.

The association's 2018 State of Tobacco Control report states that over 11,000 deaths in Indiana, per year, are due to tobacco use.

Because of unequal tobacco control efforts in the past, minorities have suffered the most in Indiana when it comes to becoming smoke free.

33.6 percent of adults living in public housing smoke. And more than 20 percent of African American Hoosier adults currently smoke.

Here are the three free resources:

1. Smoking Cessation Initiative:
This is for low-income housing residents that smoke. These residents are given free access to the 'Freedom From Smoking' program. It is a program that is funded by Anthem Blue Cross and has proven to help thousands of people quit smoking.
2. Urban League Partnership:
This is a program specifically for African American Hoosiers. Participants can complete the program online, over the phone or by attending in-person groups. Click here to learn more.
3. 1-800-QUIT-NOW:
The Indiana tobacco Quitline is staffed by professional Quit Coaches. The Quitline is open 24/7 and is designed to counsel callers at any stage of their process.

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