Dec 10, 2014
By Carissa Planal, Tucson News Now
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) –
A statewide smokers’ hotline is moving its operations in hopes of helping more clients to kick the habit. This week the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline, or ASHLine, moved into the Pima County Health Department building off Ajo Way.
About 20-percent of adults smoke, a statistic that has leveled off through the years. Dr. Cynthia Thomson, a University of Arizona Public Health professor overseeing the helpline, says she hopes to reach out to new clients at the new location.
Thomson says people who visit the clinic are the people who would benefit from quitting smoking, including mothers involved in the Women, Infants, and Children program, and sick people visiting the downstairs clinic.
The new location is also a hub for health researchers to collaborate.
“It brings together researchers in wellness at the Cancer Center and the College of Public Health,,and Llife Sciences. Health care providers, helping them to be engaged in the quit process,” says Thomson.
Thomson says workers at the helpline are coordinating with health officials to offer referrals to patients who could use help putting down the smokes for good, but anyone can call the helpline to work with a quit coach for free. To reach the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline, call (800) 556-6222.
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