Join some of our other patients by resolving to quit smoking on Thursday for the National Great American Smoke Out 2014.
Are you ready for the Great American Smokeout? On Thursday, November 20, 2014, thousands of Floridians across the state will resolve to quit using tobacco. The Great American Smokeout is a wonderful opportunity for you to become involved in the fight against tobacco.
Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and illness in the United States. In Florida alone, approximately $8.64 billion in health care costs are generated each year from tobacco-related illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and respiratory illnesses. Research has shown that consistent use of tobacco dependence screening and treatment protocols in the clinical practice can significantly reduce tobacco use rates, improve health outcomes and quality of life, and lower healthcare costs.
Quitting tobacco may be difficult, but it can be done and there are many resources available to help your patients succeed. Team up to help your patients live tobacco free. You can join fellow healthcare professionals throughout the state by speaking with your patients about their tobacco dependency and referring them to one of Tobacco Free Florida’s 3 Ways to Quit*:
Call: By dialing toll-free 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669), your patients can talk to a trained Quit Coach around the clock. Participants receive over-the-phone counseling, self-help materials, and help crafting a personalized quit plan.
Click: At www.quitnow.net/florida, your patients can create a personalized web-based quit plan and receive educational and motivational emails throughout the process. An integrated phone component allows participants to supplement their WebCoach program with Quitline services.
Come in: For those patients preferring face-to-face help, the Area Health Education Centers around the state offer group cessation counseling at various times and locations to maximize convenience. Participants learn about the health effects of tobacco use and addiction and get help crafting a quit plan. For more information on classes near you or to reach your local AHEC, please visit www.AHECtobacco.com or call 1-877-848-6696