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Options for smokers after ""Quit line"" ends

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Uninsured smokers in Washington recently lost a free state funded choice to get help quitting the habit, but there are still options.

Some of those include free classes at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center where nicotine patches are offered.

The Benton - Franklin Health District says past anti-smoking programs like the ""Quit line"" have proved successful.

"A lot of work has been done over the last 10 years in regards to smoking and public health. And we have seen a significant decrease in our state of the smoking rates," explains Anne Goodwin of the health district.

Under the free ""Quit line"",  uninsured smokers were eligible for nicotine patches or gum and prescribed medications recommended by the service.