The Umpqua Health Alliance said it “has deployed a new weapon in the war against nicotine addiction.”

UHA manages care for more than 26,000 Douglas County residents on the Oregon Health Plan. Last week, the company announced it will offer its members free access to the Quit for Life Program, which develops individualized, easy-to-follow quit plans for participants.

According to 2014 data from the state of Oregon, as many as 19,800 Douglas County adults smoke regularly, costing nearly $69 million in tobacco-related medical care. Nationwide, tobacco use is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Tobacco use in rural areas like Douglas County continues to be a significant problem and major contributor to poor health,” said Kerry Fowler, senior director of population health and quality for Umpqua Health, the parent company of UHA. “Programs like Quit for Life play an important role in our efforts to combat this problem and improve the health of our community.”

The program includes an easy-to-use workbook that helps participants stick to their plans, 24/7 phone, online and text support, and, if necessary, nicotine replacement therapy, all at no cost to Oregon Health Plan members.

To get started, Umpqua Health Alliance Oregon Health Plan members can enroll online at quitnow.net or by calling 866-QUIT-4-LIFE (866-784-8454.)

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or ccegavske@nrtoday.com.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at ccegavske@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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Mogie

According to 2014 data from the state of Oregon, as many as 19,800 Douglas "County adults smoke regularly, costing nearly $69 million in tobacco-related medical care. Nationwide, tobacco use is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." If this causes cancer and costs so much in both lives and money why is tobacco legal? Can anyone tell me anything good that comes from smoking cigarettes (they cause cancer, are additive, stink, cause premature aging, cigarette butts litter the ground nearly everywhere, for some reason seem to be popular with those who can least afford them, etc.) And that doesn't take into consideration second hand smoke.

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