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Funding Cuts Make It Harder To Find Stop-smoking Programs

Those seeking a stop-smoking cigarettes program in the Dayton area will be harder-pressed to find one than in years past.

Cuts in state funding have led to the elimination of some programs, including long-standing ones offered by the Kettering Health Network and at Greene Memorial Hospital.

Contact information listed for some area programs now yields recordings that say the numbers are no longer in service.

Group programs are still offered by Premiere Health Partners (at Miami Valley Hospital), which also has individual counseling; Dayton Children’s Medical Center (for teens and for parents of children with asthma), Drew Health Center in Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (at its Health and Wellness Center for service personnel).

Once free to anyone who called, the State of Ohio’s cheap cigarette online Quit Line, (800) 784-8669, is now free only to pregnant women, Medicaid recipients and the uninsured. It received no funding in the new two-year state budget.

The Quit Line’s website directory currently lists no stop-smoking cigarettes programs in the Dayton area. The directory includes programs in Marion, Cincinnati and Columbus; 11 programs in Indiana; and six in Kentucky.

“The cigarettes store companies are doing an excellent job of marketing products that kill people. Due to budget restrictions, we’re not doing a good job of countering that,” said Margo Edwards, cigarettes education director for the Montgomery County Public Health Department.

She takes an anti-cigarettes message into area schools. “If we can prevent them from starting, we won’t have to worry about having them among those who are trying to quit,” she said.