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Champion Blackhawks help raise awareness of Tobacco Quitline

Tue January 27, 2015

The DuPage County Health Department is partnering with a championship team, the Chicago Blackhawks, to raise awareness of the Illinois Tobacco Quitline and how smokers can quit smoking and get healthier. 

Using funds received from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Quitline advertising will be used during Blackhawks' games on WGN Radio 720 AM, during other WGN radio programs, advertising in the Spanish newspaper HOY and other digital advertising. 

This media campaign (Jan. 19 to April 12) focuses on making smokers aware of the Quitline (1-866-QUIT-YES) and everything that they will receive by making a phone call.  

The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free resource for tobacco users who want to quit smoking for good. Highly trained staff members answer the Quitline and provide support from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day of the week. The Quitline serves a diverse client base, with Spanish-speaking counselors and live translation services for more than 200 languages. More information is available at www.quityes.org

What to expect when you call:

  • Expert advice: A nurse, respiratory therapist, or tobacco treatment counselor will answer your call.
  • An assessment of your tobacco treatment: They will ask you about your readiness to quit, history of tobacco use and previous quit attempts.
  • Customized Quit Plan: You will receive a personal cessation program that caters to your specific needs.
  • A quit-kit: Self-help materials, information about nicotine replacement therapies, and requested health information will be mailed or e-mailed to you.
  • Someone to talk to during your cravings: Whether you're calling in for your weekly checkup or just need someone to talk to for a few minutes while the urge to smoke passes, we will be here.
  • Follow-up: We will check in with you on a weekly basis for a minimum of six to eight weeks. Thereafter, follow-up calls occur at seven months.


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