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"Quitline" to help smokers kick the habit

By Dave Thompson

Bismarck, ND – North Dakota's Health Department is offering a toll-free telephone line for people who want to quit using tobacco.

The line will put smokers and smokeless tobacco users in touch with counselors -- who will talk to them about ways to quit. Counselors will be provided by the UND medical school's community medicine department and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

State health officer Terry Dwelle says one of every five deaths in North Dakota is tobacco related. And he says cutting down on tobacco use will make for better health in the state.

"Fourty-seven to 58 percent of North Dakota smokers have said they tried to quit," Dwelle said. "Without help, many will fail. The whole point of a tobacco quit line is to provide that help. Tobacco quit lines work."

The toll-free number is 1-866-388-7848.