Make 2015 the Year You Quit Tobacco

 

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Alachua County, Fla.  – A new year is a new opportunity to set healthy goals and stick to them. For many, it is a chance to quit tobacco. Fortunately, Alachua County residents don’t have to do it alone. Tobacco Free Alachua and the Tobacco Free Florida program have free, proven-effective resources that can double a tobacco user’s chances of quitting successfully.

There are plenty of reasons to quit. In fact, quitting smoking can add up to 10 years to one’s life expectancy.[1] The health benefits of quitting smoking begin almost immediately after one’s last cigarette and continue for years if one quits for good.

Quitting tobacco may be difficult, but it is not impossible. There are more former smokers than current smokers in the state. Those who have tried to quit in the past but relapsed are encouraged to try again as quitting smoking may require several attempts.[2],[3]

Tobacco Free Florida helps tobacco users create comprehensive and personalized quit plans, which increase the chance of success. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), like the patch or a combination of the patch and nicotine gum, is available* free of charge. while supplies last and if medically appropriate.

Tobacco Free Florida offers 3 Free & Easy Ways to Quit:

  • CALL: Call the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach® who will help you assess your addiction and help you create a personalized quit plan.
  • CLICK: Tobacco Free Florida’s online cessation tool can be accessed at tobaccofreeflorida.com/webcoach.
  • COME IN: Sign up for group classes at your local Area Health Education Center (AHEC) by calling 866-341-2730 or visiting srahec.org.

“The number of cigarette smokers in Florida has reached an all-time low,[4] yet too many residents struggle with tobacco’s deadly addiction,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “While every person will have a unique path to overcoming tobacco addiction, many can greatly benefit from the state’s evidence-based resources that are available free of charge.”

Find out more about Tobacco Free Florida and the 3 Free and Easy ways to quit at tobaccofreeflorida.com

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[1] Jha P, Ramasundarahettige C, Landsman V, Rostrom B, Thun M, Anderson RN, McAfee T, Peto R. 21st Century Hazards of Smoking and Benefits of Cessation in the United States. New England Journal of Medicine, 2013;368(4):341–50 [accessed 2014 Nov 26].

[2] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2010

[3] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Reducing Tobacco Use: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2000

[4] Jha P, Ramasundarahettige C, Landsman V, Rostrom B, Thun M, Anderson RN, McAfee T, Peto R. 21st Century Hazards of Smoking and Benefits of Cessation in the United States. New England Journal of Medicine, 2013;368(4):341–50 [accessed 2014 Nov 26].

*while supplies last and if medically appropriate.

 

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