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In this special edition of Healthy Living by Tobacco Free Allegheny:

The CDC states that a key component to reducing the toll of tobacco is sustaining, expanding and promoting quitline services. In the coming weeks, the PA Free Quitline will be expanding it's services in the following ways:

  1. Eligible PA Free Quitline callers enrolled in phone counseling will now be offered a total of eight weeks of combination nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), instead of the previous offering of four weeks.
  2. A 3-month supply of Chantix will be offered to newly enrolled Quitline enrollees who are covered by Medical Assistance. (Beginning 8/01/2019)
  3. Pregnant enrollees will now receive incentives of $10/call ($15/call postpartum.)
  4. Eligible PA Free Quitline users enrolled in online counseling will now be offered two weeks of combination nicotine replacement.
For more information, please visit the Quitlogix website, or the PA Free Quitline page on TobaccoFreeAllegheny.org.

Additional resources:
My Life, My Quit is an enhanced tobacco and vaping cessation program for teens under age 18 who want to stop using tobacco products, especially electronic cigarettes like JUUL.

The My Life, My Quit specially trained coaches listen and understand teens, provide personalized support, and build relationships that promote quitting tobacco. Coaches emphasize that the decision to stop is personal, and provide information to help cope with stress, navigate social situations, and support developing a tobacco-free identity.

My Life, My Quit is 100% freeconfidential, and made for teens.
 

There are multiple ways to enroll, or just get more information:

  1. Text “Start My Quit” to 855-891-9989
  2. Call 855-891-9989
  3. Enroll online
  4. Visit the My Life, My Quit website
We have been informed that the Pennsylvania state budget is on track for an on-time resolution and includes intact funding for tobacco control programming!

Details of the FY 2019-2020 distributions from the Tobacco Settlement Fund are as follows:
  • 4.5% for tobacco use prevention and cessation ($15,146,000)
  • 12.6% for health and related research pursuant to Section 906 of Tobacco Settlement Act ($42,408,000)
  • 1% for health and related research for section 909 of the Tobacco Settlement Act ($3,366,000)
  • 8.18% for uncompensated care ($27,532,000)
  • 30% for the purchase of Medicaid benefits for workers with disabilities ($100,973,000) and
  • 43.72% shall remain in the fund and be separately appropriated for health-related purposes ($147,151,000)
THANK YOU to everyone who advocated for tobacco funding in PA. For more information on how to continue this work, please visit the PACT website.
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