Resources available to help tobacco users quit

A state hotline and a local veterans support group are intended to help people kick the habit.

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Walla Walla area smokers have two good reasons to break the habit.

Veterans can turn to the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center and the tobacco cessation support there, said Linda Wondra, public affairs officer.

Weekly meetings are held on the campus on Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Rose Garden Room in Building 75. Those who cannot attend in person can use a phone-in option, Wondra said.

This program is intended for smokers as well as users of snuff and all other tobacco products.

The program is designed to help veterans and their families improve health, stop using tobacco, provide support for veterans as they become tobacco free, and for related problems such as weight gain, mood swings, and stress, Wondra said. For question about the program call Dr. Jameson Lontz at 525-5200, ext. 26421.

Others, age 18 and over, can look to the Washington state Department of Health for free help in quitting tobacco use through the month of June.

The Tobacco QUITLINE, at 800-784-8669 or 877-266-3863 in Spanish, offers personalized counseling, and free nicotine patches and gum while supplies last.

Participants are not required to have health insurance.

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