Adults in Washington looking to quit smoking should begin before August 1, when the Washington State Tobacco Quitline will cut services and no longer offer free quit support.

State funding for the quitline and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will expire at the end of July. The CDC will provide limited funding beginning in August, but it will only cover a single call and does not cover nicotine or gum patches.

Until August 1, adults in Washington can call the toll-free quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free support, which includes counseling, a personal quit plan, a quit kit and referrals to local resources. Eligible callers can also receive nicotine patches or gum.

For more information on the quit services available to Washington residents, visit the Department of Health Quitline website.

Under the Affordable Care Act, all new health insurance plans in Washington state beginning in 2014 will be required to cover tobacco quit services. Coverage will vary by plan; contact your insurance provider to learn what will be covered.

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