GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) This year the state of Colorado ranked top three out of 48 states to provide treatment for those battling tobacco addiction.
Colorado “quitlines” help tobacco users quit, by coaching and providing medications.
The North American Quitline Consortium says, when smokers have support through the quitline, they are more successful when they attempt to quit. According to quitline officials, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in Colorado.
“We know from surveys that 75 percent of people who smoke want to quit, it’s just catching them when they’re ready. And having the resources available when they’re at that moment, and also giving them a variety of resources,” says Mesa County Public Health Kelsey Fife.
Between July 2017 and June 2018, more than 25,000 people in Colorado enrolled in the quitline.