Governor McCrory Congratulates QuitlineNC for 10 Years of Helping North Carolinians to Quit Smoking
Governor Pat McCrory today congratulated the people behind North Carolina’s QuitlineNC for 10 years of helping North Carolina citizens quit smoking and other forms of tobacco use. QuitlineNC is administered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and is a free service through the Division of Public Health.
“Helping people quit tobacco saves money for the smoker, the health care system, employers and the state," Governor McCrory said. “More importantly, it improves a person’s health and quality of life which not only benefits them, but their entire family.”
The State Health Plan, which serves North Carolina state employees, found it saved $3.96 in reduced healthcare costs for every dollar spent to provide QuitlineNC services.
“Since its launch in 2005, QuitlineNC has provided services to more than 100,000 North Carolina tobacco users,” said Ruth Petersen, M.D., chief of the Chronic Disease and Injury Section within the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health. “Smoking remains the number one preventable cause of death in North Carolina."
Free, confidential help to quit tobacco is available 24-hours a day by calling 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669). Spanish speakers can call 1-800-De´jelo-Ya (1-800-335-3569). Coaching by text is also available. Help on the web is at http://www.quitlinenc.com.
The benefits of quitting tobacco are numerous. Compared to smokers, a non-smoker’s
- Risk of stroke is reduced to that of a person who never smoked after five to 15 years of not smoking.
- Risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, and esophagus are halved five years after smoking.
- Risk of coronary heart disease is cut by half one year after quitting and is nearly the same as someone who never smoked 15 years after quitting.
- Risk of lung cancer drops by as much as half 10 years after quitting.
- Risk of bladder cancer is halved a few years after quitting.
- Risk of low birth weight drops to normal if the mother quits before pregnancy or during the first trimester.