By Tessa Willie, Prevention Services Director and Tobacco Prevention Coordinator |

New Year resolutions are common this time of year. Some are easily broken; others are sincerely made but hard to keep. The decision to eliminate tobacco from your life is a commitment that takes self-control and support. If you have made the healthy choice to quit, I want to remind you that free help and support is available through Quitline Iowa.

On their website American Cancer Society claims, “Kicking the tobacco habit offers some rewards that you’ll notice right away and some that will show up more slowly over time. Right away you’ll save the money you spent on tobacco! And here are just a few other benefits you may notice:

  • food tastes better
  • your breath, hair, and clothes smell better
  • your teeth and fingernails stop yellowing
  • ordinary activities (for example, climbing stairs or light housework) leave you less out of breath.


Quitline Iowa can help you reap these benefits because they offer a fresh approach to quitting tobacco. When you enroll a Quit Coach® will help you create a quit plan that’s right for you. Plus, they’ll provide quit tips and replacement strategies to help you break free from nicotine. You may be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement therapy, which includes your choice of patch, gum, or lozenge.

Even if you’ve tried to quit before, Quitline Iowa gives you the fresh start and tools you need to be successful in the New Year. Iowa residents can take advantage of the program by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or enroll on Quitline’s website. Registration specialists and Quit Coaches® are available 24 hours a day every day of the year. Call Quitline to make your tobacco-free resolution turn into a long-term lifestyle.

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