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QUITPLAN Services Gearing Up For Smoke-Free Minnesota

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On October 1, the statewide smoke-free law went into effect for all indoor workplaces in Minnesota. With more public places now smoke-free than ever before, many Minnesotasmokers may be motivated to try and quit. Sponsored by ClearWay Minnesota(SM) and serving Minnesotans statewide, QUITPLAN Services is one of the most comprehensive stop-smoking programs in the nation, offering free help to all Minnesotans looking to quit their tobacco habit.

"The new smoke-free law is great news for any Minnesotan thinking about quitting smoking," said David Willoughby, Chief Executive Officer, ClearWay Minnesota. "We're proud of the success of these programs and want everyone to know that free help is available. Now that Minnesota has smoke-free indoor workplaces, this is an excellent time to take advantage of QUITPLAN Services and get effective help to quit smoking."

Launched in 2001, QUITPLAN Services have helped more than 10,000 Minnesotans successfully quit smoking, and encompass five different programs to help smokers quit. Minnesotans who use QUITPLAN Services are much more likely to successfully quit compared to those who make quit attempts without professional help.

QUITPLAN Services for Minnesotans include:

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-- The QUITPLAN Helpline -- The QUITPLAN Helpline offers telephone counseling and free nicotine patches, lozenges or gum to eligible callers.

-- quitplan.com -- The website offers free lifetime membership, helpful quitting tools and activities and the chance to connect online with thousands of others who have chosen to quit tobacco.

-- QUITPLAN Centers -- QUITPLAN Centers provide in-person counseling in a healthcare setting, as well as access to nicotine patches, lozenges or gum.

-- Community-Tailored QUITPLAN Centers -- A combination of stop-smoking tools and culturally-tailored counseling for communities of color.

-- QUITPLAN at Work -- The QUITPLAN at Work program offers free on-site professional group counseling for eligible businesses with at least eight employees ready to stop smoking.