Help for Tulsans who want to quit smoking

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Updated: 12/28/2012 3:33 pm Published: 12/28/2012 3:32 pm

“There’s never been a better time to quit (smoking), with so many options for state-of-the-art treatment and support available,” said Tracey Strader, executive director of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET).

Strader said residents can turn to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, either by calling 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting, to receive free coaching over the phone or through the web. Helpline participants also receive materials to help them quit and are eligible for nicotine patches, gum or lozenges.

More than 250,000 Oklahomans have contacted the Helpline since 2003. The Helpline’s free services are made possible by funding from TSET, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Employees Group Insurance Board, Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the CDC.

“If you live in Tulsa County, and you want to quit smoking, there’s no better time than now,” said Gabrielle Harmening, Coalition Chair for the Tobacco Free Coalition of Tulsa County. “Set your quit date for New Year’s Day and start your 2013 with prospects for a healthier you.”

Another new quit smoking tool is Smokefree TXT, a text messaging program available from Participants can sign up by texting QUIT or IQUIT to the number 47848. is a website funded by the National Cancer Institute that offers information, tools and support for a wide range of people who want to quit tobacco. The main site has specialized links dedicated to women and teens, along with a Spanish site at

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline operates seven days a week, and it offers services in Spanish at 800-793-1552 and for the deaf and hard of hearing through video-to-video at 866-748-2436.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2012 3:15 AM
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Gladys :-( many of them can't believe that they fought for ThIs.

Gladys Crump - 12/29/2012 10:38 PM
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How about some help for homeless American veterans who fought for our country....smokers chose to smoke, let them show some backbone and stop the same way they started, we need to take care of our homeless families and veterans first, it is cold out there when you are sleeping in an alley.

numero uno mom - 12/29/2012 12:39 PM
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kinda...I experienced that same treatment when I called the Oklahoma Tobacco Hotline to request some patches. The patches have never even showed up and that was 3 years ago.

numero uno mom - 12/29/2012 12:33 PM
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Mayor I wish it was that easy but you know that Nicotine is more addictive than Heroin? People trying to quit need moral and mental support to get them through the hardest thing in their life..being addicted to Nicotine.

numero uno mom - 12/29/2012 12:29 PM
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I agree tired...I have been using my electronic cigarette about 8 months ago and I almost immediately started breathing better and my sense of smell returned quick as well. Then being around friends/family members that still smoked was awful....the smell was overwhelming! When using the electric cigs it blows out vapor and not smoke. Also, you're not getting all the other bad chemicals w/ the electric cigs...just the Nicotine that your body is craving so it's the best option out there if you're seriously wanting to quit. Not to mention the amount of $ you're going to be saving!! Good luck to anyone out there wanting to quit!! Vapor Kings 31st & Mingo is the the best place to get the electronic cigs and the juices.

Mayor Maynot - 12/29/2012 5:13 AM
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How'd you start smoking? Yep it's just as easy as that !! Quit buying them !!!

kindagreywolf - 12/28/2012 8:32 PM
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I called the Oklahoma tobacco line. They were rude and unhelpful.

tiredbeingsad - 12/28/2012 3:51 PM
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The girls at my office are using the electronic cigarettes.. they love them! I am so proud of them for quitting :) They sure do smell a lot better and their lungs are getting better everyday :)
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