CONTACT: DAN MCMILLAN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6835; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Nov. 19, 2002
NOTE TO EDITORS: Local tobacco control advocates will be available on Wednesday,
Nov. 20, in the offices of the UI-based Iowa Tobacco Research Center, located
on the 8th floor of the Jefferson Building in downtown Iowa City. David Bullwinkle,
program coordinator with the Iowa Tobacco Research Center, will provide information
about Quitline Iowa, a toll-free, statewide hotline for smoking cessation;
Stephani Castillo, tobacco project coordinator for the Mid-Eastern Council
on Chemical Abuse (MECCA), will discuss the availability of local resources
for discounted nicotine replacement therapies; and Barbra Kamer, constituent
relations manager for the American Cancer Society, will provide information
about Great American Smokeout events.
Local groups mark Great American Smokeout with tobacco control resources
As part of the 26th annual Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 21,
a coalition of Johnson County tobacco control advocates is highlighting the
availability of local resources for those interested in quitting the nicotine
The Iowa Tobacco Research Center, based in the University of Iowa Department
of Community and Behavioral Health, the Mid-Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse
(MECCA), and the American Cancer Society are among the local groups cooperating
to observe the Great American Smokeout.
Local cessation resources available include a pilot program that provides
discounted nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as the nicotine patch
or gum, for tobacco users who want to quit. Funded by an Iowa Department of
Public Health tobacco control grant, the program is available to smokers in
Johnson, Cedar, Iowa and Washington counties.
"Resources such as these provide important motivation and support for
those interested in quitting their nicotine habit," noted Stephani Castillo,
tobacco project coordinator for the Mid-Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse
Another service for people wishing to stop smoking is the Iowa Tobacco Research
Center's Quitline Iowa, a toll-free, statewide hotline for smoking cessation.
The hotline is available to all Iowans at 1-866-U-CAN-TRY (1-866-822-6879),
or via the Web site at http://www.quitlineiowa.org. Research shows that telephone
quitlines double the odds that a smoker will kick the habit for good, said
David Bullwinkle, program coordinator of the Iowa Tobacco Research Center.
The Great American Smokeout, celebrated annually on the third Thursday in
November, aims to highlight the dangers of tobacco use and the challenges
of quitting. More smokers have kicked the habit during the Great American
Smokeout than any other day of the year, according to the American Cancer
Additional Smoking Cessation counselors/resources in the Iowa City area
-- UI Hospitals and Clinics Smoking Cessation Clinic, serves general public,
call for fees, (319) 356-8396. Contacts: Jane Knipper, Nancy Lane-Gipson or
-- University Employee Health Clinic Cessation Services, serves UI employees,
no charge, (319) 356-3631. Contact: Donna Nevins, Collett Mitchell and Cheryl
-- Health Iowa Cessation Services, serves UI students, no charge, (319)
335-8394. Contact: Katie Budke.
-- Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, serves veterans and their significant
others, sliding scale, (319) 338-0581 ext.5447. Contact: Roy Burkes.
Iowa Tobacco Research Center, serves Iowa residents, (319) 384-4845. Contact:
David Bullwinkle or email@example.com.