Kicking the Habit?
The Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program hopes Kentuckians will vow to be healthier in 2005 with a New Years resolution to quit smoking. The results of numerous surveys indicate that two thirds of all smokers say they would like to quit smoking and nearly half of all smokers try to quit smoking each year.
Our hope is that people will think about the effects tobacco is having on their health and give some serious consideration to quitting, says Irene Centers, Program Manager. A New Years Resolution to stop smoking is the first step to a healthier future. Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years. She reports:
Kentucky leads the nation in the number of adults who smoke, 30.8 percent, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The state rate for teens that smoke is 34 percent, and the percentage of women who smoke during their pregnancy is 24 percent.
Tobacco use and dependence is the leading preventable cause of death in Kentucky and the nation. Nearly 8,000 Kentuckians die annually as a result of tobacco related disease.
Its important to remember that this is more than just numbers, said William D. Hacker, Commissioner of the Department for Public Health. These people are our friends, neighbors and family members, they should not suffer and die of diseases that could have been prevented. Health organizations and health departments across Kentucky and the nation are gearing-up to assist smokers who want to begin 2005 tobacco-free. If you think kicking the smoking habit sounds like a New Years resolution worth pursuing-the states Department for Public Health wants to help:
You can contact the Tobacco Control Coordinator in your local health department about local resources to help you reach your goal. Programs like Cooper-Clayton combine nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) with group support over a 13-week period to help smokers quit.
For information about smoking cessation or someone to talk to when the conviction to quit waivers; call 1.800.QUITNOW (1.800.784.8669). Callers will receive the most up-to-date information about programs offered in their area as well as brief intervention and cessation information on the phone.
Another option is online smoking cessation programs. Log on to www.lungusa.org/ffs/index.html to reach the American Lung Associations Freedom From Smoking. A new Health and Human Services web site, www.smokefree.gov, offers online advice and downloadable information to make cessation easier.
For online information about the Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking, visit www.kcr.uky.edu/kcp/cooperclayton.htm. A link from this site leads to information about a self-help version of the Cooper/Clayton program.
For more infor, about the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, log onto http://chs.ky.gov/publichealth/tobacco.htm or contact Irene Centers at 502.564.7996, extension 3808. n