Anytime is the perfect time to quit smoking, however a lot of people are inspired by the New Year. For those who want to quit, there are several helpful resources available.
- Colorado Quitline - 1-(800) QUIT NOW – This service offers free phone coaching over multiple sessions to help you quit with a trained cessation specialist. It also includes help to get nicotine patches.
- The American Legacy Foundation’s web-based support offers another free resource for those ready to quit.
- Kaiser Permanente has a series of free webinars to support quitting. Break Free for Life, Freedom from Tobacco, and Quit Tobacco Successfully are designed for the busy person who wants to customize their own plan and get ongoing support.
- For spit or chew tobacco users, try www.mylastdip.com for a self-help approach to quitting.
- High school students wanting help with quitting should check with their school counselor or contact the American Lung Association of Colorado about Not On Tobacco groups. These 10 session series help teens with skills and resources to navigate the quitting process and stay quit. Visit www.notontobacco.com or call the Colorado office of American Lung at (303) 388-4327.
- Get more resources on how to quit here.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general. But there is good news for those who can drop the habit. Quitting smoking has immediate as well as long-term benefits for you and your loved ones. Don’t give up and don’t be afraid to ask for help or utilize the resources listed above! For more information on tobacco, please visit us online at jeffco.us/health.