Nearly one in six Colorado adults use tobacco, and more than 80 percent of adults become addicted before the age of 18.
Tobacco-use alone kills over 4,000 Coloradans each year, which is more than alcohol, other drug use, suicide, homicide, motor-vehicle crashes, fires and AIDS combined.
In attempt to help people quit their tobacco addiction, quit coaches from National Jewish Health answered 9NEWS phones Thursday morning. They're primary objective was to coach people through how to quit tobacco products.
Along with individualized coaching, the telephone service offers eight weeks of nicotine patches for those who are 18 years or older and medically eligible.
The quit coaches work with the tobacco user to set up a personal quit plan and provide tips and support that will increase the chances of quitting tobacco long term. These expert coaches talk to callers about overcoming common barriers, such as stress, cravings, irritability and weight gain.
Colorado QuitLine 9 is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in December - having served more than 260,000 Colorado residents.
The free telephone coaching service - 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) is available in English and Spanish and is open seven days a week.
Nate Chisholm contributed to this report.
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