Promoting tobacco-free living during Great American Smokeout

Grant Boone
November 19, 2020

Each year more than 480,000 people in the United States die from illnesses related to tobacco use. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), smoking any kind of tobacco reduces lung capacity and can increase the severity of respiratory diseases. It takes time. It takes a plan. However, while about 20 million Americans try to quit using tobacco each year, only a fraction succeed. Free nicotine replacement therapy - nicotine patches, gum or lozenges - are available to tobacco users who are 18 or older, if medically appropriate.

Nevada offers free counseling through the Nevada Tobacco Quitline. The limited time offer is made possible thanks to a generous donation from Ro, a US telehealth company headquartered in Manhattan.

The Tobacco Control Program's Quit Tobacco classes and other resources like telephone counseling and medication provide important support, doubling or even tripling one's chance of quitting successfully.

Dr. Simon discusses the dangers of smoking and vaping and how people can get help to quit.

Personalized coaching and support from a real human being who stays with you for as long as you use Pivot. "Quitting is a journey", explained Williams.

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That is why Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) is encouraging the public to think about kicking the habit during the week of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout on November 19.

Carrot's first product is Pivot, an evidence-based, mobile, tobacco cessation program that transforms how people quit smoking.

The Smoking Cessation Trust is a statewide smoking cessation program to benefit all Louisiana residents who started smoking cigarettes before September 1, 1988, and desire to quit smoking.

In the Central Valley (Mariposa, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare and Kings Counties), the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is implementing the Voices Inspiring Valley Action (VIVA) project to empower individuals to engage in their cities to develop smoke-free policies in attached housing, local community colleges and vocational schools, as well as health care facilities.

These populations tend to be those who experience inequities in multiple areas of their lives and can affect the choices a person makes, but more importantly can affect a person's opportunity to be as healthy as possible. There is no cost to members to work with a Blue Cross health coach.

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