SEARHC suspends a portion of its Tobacco program due to budget cuts
SITKA April 15, 2013 — On April 15, 2013 SEARHC closed the tobacco cessation services portion of the SEARHC Tobacco Department. This program has served up to 400 patients a year with quit coaches based in Sitka, Juneau and Klawock. The reason is financial, due to the Federal budget cuts, primarily the sequestration that occurred earlier this year. While the tobacco cessation part of the program has closed, the remaining tobacco program focus on prevention and control is still in effect.
“We know that assisting people to quit tobacco is key to reducing chronic disease in the long run. Unfortunately, the budget cuts have required us to make very difficult decisions,” says Charles Clement, President/CEO of SEARHC.
For alternative cessation services, all Alaskans are eligible for free quit services with Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800- QUIT-NOW. The service provides support and up to 8 weeks of free nicotine patches or gum.