Tobacco prevention advocates gather in Billings

2010-05-12T00:00:00Z Tobacco prevention advocates gather in Billings The Billings Gazette
May 12, 2010 12:00 am

One hundred Montanans, including tobacco prevention specialists and other public health advocates, will take part in the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program annual statewide conference slated for today and tomorrow at the Billings Crowne Plaza Hotel. Several Billings-area journalists and communications experts will serve as conference presenters.

The conference coincides with the sixth anniversary of the Montana Tobacco Quit Line, a free telephone-based service that provides Montana tobacco users who want to quit with a personalized quit plan, coaching, nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, or lozenges) and reduced cost medications.

To mark the anniversary, on May 1 the Montana Tobacco Quit Line added the smoking cessation aid bupropion as another quit line benefit. Qualifying participants may elect to receive bupropion for a monthly $5 co-pay for up to three months. Also, throughout May, the quit line will extend its free nicotine replacement therapy benefit (patches, gum, or lozenges) from two weeks to four.

“Montana has experienced important successes in controlling tobacco use of late,” said Barbara Schneeman, director of communications and advocacy at RiverStone Health, and a conference speaker. “At the conference, we’ll be working on enhancing leadership and communication skills for individuals charged with sustaining the momentum of this life-saving work.”

The conference, sponsored by the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program, will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 27 N. 27th St., in Billings, with opening remarks at 8:30 a.m.

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