Illinois quit smoking hotline expands hours

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Tobacco QUITLINE has added weekend hours for the first time and expanded its daily hours of operation until 11 p.m. to provide more opportunities for Illinoisans trying to quit smoking.

The expanded hours for the QUITLINE, which is operated by the American Lung Association, were made possible by an increase in Tobacco Settlement funding from the General Assembly. The QUITLINE received $1 million last year. The General Assembly upped it to $2 million for fiscal year 2011.

The QUITLINE's new hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. English and Spanish-speaking counselors are on staff and translation services are available in more than 150 languages.

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