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Give tobacco users the "Gift of Quit"

PROVO, UTAH (December 7, 2012) - - In November, the publishers of the holiday classic 'Twas the Night Before Christmas announced that this year, Santa is giving up smoking. With a little help from the Gift of Quit, you can help a smoker you love do it, too.

The Utah County Health Department Tobacco Prevention and Control Program can help you give the greatest gift of all to your loved ones who smoke: the jump start they need to quit for good. All you have to do is visit www.GiftOfQuit.org and order a free quit kit for that special Utahn on your list.

Every quit kit has the things a smoker needs, along with your love and support, to help them quit for good, like quitting info, free support services, and other cessation aids.

"Smoking cessation is beneficial for all ages. According to the Utah Tobacco Prevention and Control Program 'more than eighty percent of Utah adult smokers report that they want to quit smoking,' and the support of family and friends can make such a difference," said Toni Carpenter, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Manager for the Utah County Health Department. "We hope that the Gift of Quit will help people reach out to their loved ones here in Utah County and let them know they have support to quit."

The first 100 orders will also include, by request, a surprise gift ― a hardback copy of the newly-edited 'Twas the Night Before Christmas book, featuring a Santa Claus who has put down his pipe forever and kicked his addiction to the curb. According to the publisher, the new version was released in November 2012 to coincide with Santa's "quit date," and has been "edited by Santa Claus for the benefit of children of the 21st century."

The publisher adds, "With all that we now know about the perils of tobacco use we must, as a community, do everything we can to protect children from this 'pediatric disease'."

Quit kits can be ordered for Utah smokers beginning December 4, 2012, at www.GiftOfQuit.org, with the option to have it shipped or to pick one up at their local health department.

Free resources are always available for smokers who want to quit. For help quitting tobacco, call the Utah Tobacco Quit Line at 1.800.QUIT.NOW or visit www.UtahQuitNet.com.

The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community by preventing avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community to assure conditions in which people can be healthy. For information on UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org or
call 801-851-7000. You can also now follow the UCHD at www.FaceBook.com/uchealth, www.pinterest.com/uchd, or www.twitter.com/uchd.