FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Quitline Offers Program for People Wanting to Quit E-Cigarettes
FDA Proposes E-Cigs Be Regulated Like Traditional Tobacco Products
Baltimore, MD (June 6, 2014) — The FDA recently filed a proposed rule that would regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, meaning the companies making them would have to comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, including the amendments from the Tobacco Control Act. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) reminds Marylanders that it continues to offer free, evidence-based cessation methods, including the Maryland Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW, to assist residents interested in eliminating their addiction to tobacco products, regardless of what form they use.
There is no scientific evidence that e-cigarettes help smokers quit, and there are proven, effective methods to help quit tobacco. Many users of e-cigarettes find themselves dependent on these products, as well as the smoked tobacco they were trying to quit.
The Quitline provides information about safe alternatives to using e-cigarettes as a quitting method. In addition, Quit Coaches are trained and well-versed in techniques that can assist users of e-cigarettes and/or traditional tobacco products quit the addiction. Treatment approaches often include FDA-approved nicotine replacement products, such as the patch or gum, free while supplies last.
The Maryland Tobacco Quitline offers free, confidential coaching – by phone, Web and text – for residents of Maryland. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit http://www.smokingstopshere.com to get help quitting nicotine addiction. Quit Coaches are available “live” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are available in English and Spanish, as well as other languages through translation.
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