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Get FREE help to quit smoking!

Publish date: Feb 10, 2005
The State of Louisiana Offers FREE help to quit smoking at 1-800-QUIT-NOW What is 1-800-QUIT-NOW all about? We know that quitting smoking is a difficult and courageous decision to make. By recognizing and embracing tobacco users’ concerns1-800-QUIT-NOW allows smokers to feel comfortable discussing the issues they have toward smoking. Through this “smoker-friendly” approach, we’re hoping to let tobacco users know that we understand how tough it is to quit smoking—and that we’re here to help. Do telephone quit lines really work? There is published research showing that telephone-based counseling services can increase the chances of a successful quit attempt by up to five times. Traditionally, counseling services have been delivered via cessation clinics or classes. Unfortunately, a large percentage of smokers are reluctant to participate in such formal programs due to a variety of factors such as time, convenience, scheduling conflicts, issues related to childcare, costs and an aversion to seeking help in a public environment. 1-800-QUIT-NOW eliminates these barriers. Virtually anybody with a telephone can access the line any time of day. It’s also important to note that tobacco use involves psychological and physical factors. 1-800-QUIT-NOW takes a combined approach to cessation, offering both behavioral counseling to address psychological issues and information about pharmaceutical products that may help address physical addiction. This combined approach greatly improves an individual’s chance of a successful quit attempt. Does counseling really work to get people to stop smoking? Cessation counseling programs have been proven to increase success rates. In fact, research shows that the greater the intensity of a smoking cessation program (i.e., the frequency and duration of sessions), the greater the likelihood of a successful quit attempt. What if you’ve smoked for years? Is it really worth trying to quit? Even if someone has smoked for decades, the benefits of quitting are considerable and begin in as little as 20 minutes. 20 min. Blood pressure and pulse rate improve to healthier levels. 8 hours Carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in blood return to normal. 1 day Your chance of a heart attack decreases. 2 days Nerve endings regenerate; sense of smell and taste are enhanced. 2 weeks Circulation improves and lung function increases. 1-9 months Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease. 1 year Chance of heart attack is cut in half. 5 years Stroke risk is reduced to the same levels as a non-smoker. 10 years Risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a current smoker. 15 years Risk of coronary heart disease and death is about the same as it is for those who have never smoked. Is tobacco use really such a big deal? Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Louisiana and in the United States. More people die from tobacco use than from homicide, drug abuse, AIDS, car accidents, alcohol and fires combined. In Louisiana, 17 people die every day from the effects of tobacco use. In fact, tobacco is the only consumer product on the market that if used as intended will kill the consumer.


Smoking Facts
Even if it doesn’t kill, secondhand smoke can cause all types of illnesses, including: Lung cancer Heart disease Nasal sinus cancer Respiratory disease Bronchitis Middle ear infections Asthma Pneumonia.


 

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