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January: New Year Quit Kits

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New Year's Quit Kits

In recognition of New Year's resolutions to give up cigarettes, (coalition name) is offering free New Year’s quit kits as well as encouraging people who smoke to contact their physician for counseling.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), counseling smokers to quit is ranked as one of the most cost effective and clinically preventable burdens of disease and injury, second only to vaccinating children. The Public Health Service's clinical practice guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, contains evidence-based information about pharmacotherapies, behavioral therapies, and counseling—including telephone counseling—that can help patients quit.

The holiday quit kits highlight (list contents of kit).

"The holidays can be a stressful time, but smoking doesn't have to be a part of them," said (coalition advocate and title). (He/She) added, "These materials can be given to a friend or family member as a gift of support for a New Year's resolution. After all, New Year's Day is the single largest day for giving up unhealthy habits."

For more information, please call the (coalition name) at (telephone number), call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), or access CDC's Smoking and Tobacco Use Web site at for tips on how to quit smoking.