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Author: Laura Kennedy
BILLINGS - This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Montana Tobacco Quit Line. Tobacco prevention specialists said it's been very successful in helping smokers kick the habit and there are new plans in the works to keep public areas smoke free.
A conference Wednesday and Thursday is teaching tobacco prevention specialists from across the state how to better work with community members who need help.
"We're here to basically renew and get energized to move forward for the next fiscal year around tobacco prevention," MTUPP Supervisor Linda Lee, "We're working hard to prevent addiction and help people quit who want to quit." . . .
ver 30,000 calls.
The hotline is funded mostly by tobacco industry settlement funds and provides coaching and nicotine replacement therapy. Other efforts by the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program are just as successful.
"We have great success. The Clean Indoor Air Act has been implemented, we're seven months in and we have over 90 percent compliance rate which is very very high for any public health law," Lee said.
Conference attendee and Prevention Health Specialist Victoria Holgard is excited about furthering the efforts to make Montana smoke free.
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