- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Local and state health groups are encouraging tobacco users to give up their habits this weekend.

The Tobacco Free Coalition for Tulsa County, Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust and the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline want users to mark Saturday’s World No Tobacco Day by quitting.

The event is an annual day of awareness sponsored by the World Health Organization that highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline offers free quit coaching for all Oklahomans.

Since 2003, the helpline has helped more than 250,000 people quit using tobacco. The helpline offers free services including quit coaching, a customized plan to help quit, online support and a free starter kit of patches, gum or lozenges.

To contact the helpline for support, call 1-800-QUIT NOW or visit www.OKhelpline.com .

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