MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - With a tax increase of 25 cents per pack going into effect around Alabama, the state's department of public health says there's no better time that the present to kick the smoking habit.
ADPH officials say one way their urging tobacco users to break their addiction is through the Alabama Tobacco Quitline. It helps users quit by providing information, a quit plan, and even coaching and nicotine patches. And the help comes at no cost to the person trying to quit!
Those who sign up for the coaching program can get a minimum two week supply of nicotine patches, and if they're medically eligible, they may qualify for up to a maximum of eight weeks of patches.
Statewide, more than 8,600 Alabamians dies from smoking related diseases each year. ADPH says 1 in 4 heart disease deaths, nearly 1 in 3 cancer deaths, and 8 in 10 deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are caused by tobacco use.
The problem isn't cheap, either. Tobacco use in Alabama is responsible for nearly $2 billion in health care costs annually. That breaks down to a tax burden of $841 per household!
The line is open daily from 6 a.m. until midnight and the sessions are confidential.