Kentucky state government is again helping provide free over-the-phone counseling for smokers who want to kick the habit.
Anyone who wants to quit smoking or chewing tobacco can call the tobacco quit line. It will connect the caller to a counseling center in Mississippi, where professionals will offer support and tips for tobacco cessation.
Dr. William Hacker with the Cabinet for Public Health says this time of year is a popular time to quit, and many Kentuckians will need help.
“Unfortunately, we rank number one in the United States with the percent of adult smokers – over 25 percent. We therefore rank number one in the incidents of death from lung cancer in the United States,” he says. “We also have a high incidence of smoking during pregnancy.”
The tobacco quit line is paid for by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control.