Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thousands take first step to quit during Great American Smokeout

On Thursday, Nov. 15, thousands of people across Colorado will take the first step to quit using tobacco during the Great American Smokeout, saving money and increasing chances for a healthier, longer life. Many will increase their chances of success by getting help from the Colorado Quitline.

"The first step in quitting tobacco is setting a quit date," said Emma Goforth, tobacco cessation expert at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. "The Great American Smokeout is the perfect day to quit, because it provides a community support system. Since tobacco is highly addictive, that first step can be the hardest, but once you quit for the day, you’re one step closer to staying quit for the rest of your life. That means more money in your pocket and a better chance for a long, healthy life."

"Making the call to the Colorado QuitLine was the hardest part,” said QuitLine participant Debra Duran. “I had to make myself the priority.”

Nearly one in six Colorado adults uses tobacco, and more than 80 percent of adult smokers became addicted to tobacco before the age of 18. Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in Colorado, killing more than 4,300 people each year. 

Read the full press release.

About QuitLine
Research shows that smokers who use Colorado QuitLine services are more likely to successfully quit than smokers who try to quit on their own. Trained coaches help individuals develop the confidence and coping skills to quit tobacco use and remain tobacco-free. The program consists of a bilingual QuitLine Call Center; proactive, positive coaching sessions; an online service for 24/7 support; provision of nicotine replacement therapy products to eligible participants; printed materials; and a text messaging program.

For questions about quitting on GASO, call 9NEWS 9Line from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at 303-698-0999 and talk to QuitLine experts from National Jewish Health.

The Colorado QuitLine celebrates its 10th anniversary in December, having served more than 260,000 Colorado residents.

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