JOLIET – Smokeless tobacco is a known cause of oral cancer, and it is associated with recession of the gums, gum disease and tooth decay. The Will County Health Department proudly refers Will County residents to the Illinois Tobacco Quitline and encourages area residents to use this free service if they are ready to create a plan to quit using tobacco.
Smokeless tobacco includes products such as chew, spit, dip, snuff and snus. These products are commonly used by placing them between the teeth and gum. The chemicals in smokeless tobacco are then absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin.
The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is ready to help tobacco users quit online at www.quityes.org, or by calling 1-866-QUIT-YES (866-784-8937). The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free, telephone-based cessation counseling service. Registered nurses and respiratory therapists who are certified tobacco treatment counselor’s work with participants during live chats or one-on-one phone calls to prepare for a quit date and create a plan to fight cravings and face other challenges.
Follow-up live chats or phone calls are arranged around participants’ schedules. Studies have found that using a tobacco Quitline can more than double a person’s chances of successfully quitting tobacco.
As a convenience to callers, Quitline services are available seven days weekly from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with live translation for more than 200 languages.
The Will County Health Department Tobacco Control & Prevention Program promotes the Illinois Tobacco Quitline and provides resources and technical assistance to the community, businesses and schools for development, enhancement and evaluation of local tobacco prevention initiatives. For additional information on the Will County Health Department Tobacco Control & Prevention Program visit www.willcountyhealth.org.