Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Want to be tobacco free in 2014?

Most people who use tobacco say they want to quit - Many Will Resolve to Quit for New Year’s

Image for Quitter in You Tobacco Cessation Campaign If this is your year to quit, here are five tips to help you along the way:
  1. Learn from past experiences.Most smokers have tried to quit in the past and sometimes people get discouraged thinking about previous attempts. Those experiences were necessary steps on the road to future success. Think about what helped you during those tries and what you’ll do differently in your next quit attempt.
  2. You don’t have to quit alone. Telling friends that you’re trying to quit and enlisting their support will help ease the process. Expert help is available from the American Lung Association and other groups. Friends who also smoke may even join you in trying to quit!
  3. Medication can help, if you know what to do. The seven FDA-approved medications (like nicotine patches or gum) really do help smokers quit.  Most folks don’t use them correctly so be sure to follow the directions!
  4. It’s never too late to quit. While it’s best to quit smoking as early as possible, quitting smoking at any age will enhance the length and quality of your life. You’ll also save money and avoid the hassle of going outside in the cold to smoke.
  5. Every smoker can quit. At the American Lung Association, we firmly believe that every smoker can quit. Each person needs to find the right combination of techniques for them and above all, they need to keep trying.
The American Lung Association and WellPoint Inc. are supporting smokers in their efforts to quit for good through the “Quitter in You” smoking cessation campaign. The campaign aims to empower people trying to quit smoking by acknowledging that past quit attempts are not failures, but are normal and necessary steps along the way to quitting for good.
The Quitter in You campaign includes a web site, a variety of public service announcements, and a wealth of personalized tools and support from the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® Lung Helpline (1-800-LUNG-USA),Freedom From Smoking® Online and Freedom From Smoking® in-person clinic. The web site, campaign materials and smoking cessations resources are also available in Spanish.
Quitting isn’t easy but 50 million ex-smokers in the United States can tell you it’s possible. Make 2014 the year you begin a new, smokefree life!
For more local resources visit: 

Duluth Student Tobacco Cessation Services:

Students will receive tobacco cessation services from Julie Zaruba Fountaine, Wellness Coordinator, to schedule an appointment with Julie call (218) 625-4914 or e-mail jzarubafounta@css.edu.

Duluth Faculty/Staff Tobacco Cessation Services:

Cessation services are available in the community (without the convenience of on campus accessibility) through the Essentia Health Tobacco Free Service. Counselors at the Essentia Health Tobacco Free Service can offer face-to-face counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, personal plans for quitting, research-based tips and advice, and on-going support. All of the services are provided free of charge.

Brainerd/Rochester/St. Cloud/St. Paul Tobacco Cessation Services:

Students, faculty and staff at our extended campuses can receive tobacco cessation services through the Quit Plan program. Quit Plan offers phone and web services that can be used individually or together to create a personalized plan to quit. Benefits include:
  • Free phone-based counseling to help you quit tobacco
  • The ability to talk to a live Quit Coach
  • Help designing a personalized plan to quit
  • Ongoing support throughout your quit process
  • Free patches, gum or lozenges*
  • Free web-based counseling to help you quit tobacco
  • The ability to build your own personalized plan online
  • Tools to track your progress
  • Connect with others online who are in the quitting process
  • Access to an online community of quitters
Information about Quit Plan can be found at https://www.quitplan.com/ or by calling 1-888-354-PLAN (7526). 
* If you have health insurance, you may have a co-pay to receive these patches, gum and lozenges. Please go to https://www.quitplan.com/ for more details.