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Trying to quit before the Jan. 1, 2013 tobacco policy implementation? Help is available

Green River goes tobacco-free on January 1st
Green River goes tobacco-free on January 1.

With barely one month to go before the campus-wide implementation of Green Rivers Tobacco policy is implemented Jan. 1, 2013, tobacco users face a stark choice: severely curtail your tobacco use, or quit cold turkey.

Fortunately, a variety of resources are available to help you quit gradually. Some of these resources are available only to Green River employees through their health plans, while others are available to the general public.

Both Group Health and Uniform Health offer the American Cancer Society's Quit for Life program. When you enroll in the program, you'll receive a packet of materials, including a workbook to help you become tobacco-free. You also may receive tobacco-cessation support products, such as gum and patches. Coverage may vary by plan, so refer to your coverage agreement or contact Customer Service.

Other resources include Julie French, Green River's health services coordinator, and the Washington State Quit Line, which offers some level of service for all Washington State residents. Services vary based on age, insurance and employment status. The Quit Line number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).