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Funding Cuts to Washington's Tobacco Quitline

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NBCRightNow.com - When state legislators passed a budget during this year's special session, they left out funding for a widely used tobacco quit-line.

1-800-quit-now offers free support to any Washington residents dependent on tobacco products who are trying to quit. Since its start-up in 2000, more than 147,000 people have called the number.

NBC Right Now spoke with a representative from the State Department of Health about what the cutbacks will mean to state residents.

"After tomorrow they wont be able to have multiple calls and they wont be able to have a big number of patches or other kinds of medication unless they have some kind of insurance or medicaid," Paul Davis with the State Department of Health.

On Wednesday the funding will have run out and those services will go with it. However Davis says in 2014 many of those cut benefits may return under the Affordable Health Care Act.

For a list of all the changes to the program, click here.

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