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A new year is a new opportunity to set health goals and stick with them. For many, it is a chance to quit tobacco.
Fortunately, Volusia County residents don’t have to do it alone. The Florida Department of Health and the Tobacco Free Florida program have free, proven-effective resources that can double a tobacco user’s chances of quitting.
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.
“There are 88 deaths daily in Florida from tobacco-related illnesses,” said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County. “It is very important for people who smoke to stop and for those who do not smoke, don’t start.”
Ways to quit
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.
Tobacco Free Florida helps tobacco users create comprehensive and personalized quit plans, which increase the chance of success. Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), like the patch or a combination of the patch and nicotine gum, is available while supplies last and if medically appropriate.
Tobacco Free Florida offers three ways to quit.
Call the Florida Quitline at 877-822-6669 to speak with a Quit Coach who will help you assess your addiction and help you create a personalized quit plan.
Tobacco Free Florida’s online cessation tool can be accessed at tobaccofreeflorida.com/webcoach.
Sign up for group classes at your local Area Health Education Center (AHEC) by calling 877-822-6669 or visiting www.ahectobacco.com.
The Department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund.
To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida and the state’s free quit resources, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla.