Mississippians tired of being addicted to tobacco now have a new, interactive way to help them quit. The free, internet-based service – www.quitlinems.com – is designed to provide personalized plans for those ready to quit tobacco use. The website program includes free counseling and 12 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), as long as the user is actively engaged in counseling and is medically eligible.
The site is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tobacco users can log in and begin the counseling process. Anyone can visit the site for information or register to become a member, but free counseling services and NRT are available to Mississippi residents only.
The free online service is an addition to the Mississippi Tobacco Quit Now program, a phone-based service that provides the same free programs to users who prefer to talk to a counselor to make their quit plan. Callers may dial 1-800-Quit Now (1-800-784-8669) and sign up for phone services.
"By offering free internet and telephone services, no one has to leave home or pay for medication to help them quit," said Roy Hart, Director of the Office of Tobacco Control at the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). "Tobacco users are twice as likely to quit if they receive help."
Live counselors are available via both services from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Messages may be left after hours and will be returned the next business day. A Spanish-speaking counselor is available, and other languages are available as needed through a translator.
For more information about QuitlineMS.com or the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline, visit www.quitlinems.com or call 1-800-Quit Now (1-800-784-8669). The Mississippi Tobacco Quitline is a program funded by the Mississippi State Department of Health.