Resolve to quit smoking this year?

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Tobacco Free Florida offers free services via Internet, in person

About 1.9 milllion Floridians are expected to want to give up smoking in 2014.

To assist those who want to quit, the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program is encouraging tobacco users to seek help through the state’s free and easy resources.

Using one of Tobacco Free Florida’s three ways to quit, which include the Florida Quitline, Web Coach, and in-person classes through the Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC) network, may double your chances of success.

Since 2007, more than 93,400 Floridians have successfully quit using one of these free services. Studies show nearly two out of three adult smokers would like to take steps toward being tobacco free.

‘At your fingertips’
“If you live in Florida, free evidence-based programs to help you quit tobacco are right at your fingertips,” said Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Shannon Hughes.

“Cutting tobacco out of your life not only vastly improves your health, but also saves money.”

Tobacco Free Florida’s resources include consultation from a certified and trained Quit Coach, as well as free FDA-approved Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) like the patch and gum, when medically appropriate. This combined approach of counseling and NRT may double or triple a tobacco user’s chance of quitting.

While quitting tobacco is difficult, it is not impossible. There are more former smokers in the state than there are current smokers. Those who have tried to quit but relapsed are encouraged to try again. Most former smokers make several attempts before quitting permanently. Having a comprehensive quit plan increases the chance of success.

Ways to quit
•Call the Florida Quitline at 877-822-6669 to speak with a quit coach who will help assess a user’s addiction and help create a personalized quit plan.
•Enroll in the Web Coach, which will help to create a web-based quit plan unique to each individual user, visit https://www.quitnow.net/florida.
•Visit http://ahectobacco.com to locate a local AHEC and sign up for group classes. 

The Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund.

Tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to use one of the state’s three ways to quit.

To learn about Tobacco Free Florida and the state’s free quit resources, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com.

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