Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Quit smoking during April 19 Mesa County Smokeout

Better your health, quit with your community

In an effort to improve the overall health of Mesa County, the Be Tobacco Free Team, comprised of representatives from Mesa County Health Department, Primary Care Partners, Hilltop and St. Mary’s Hospital, would like to encourage residents to quit together on April 19 during the second of four 2016 Mesa County Smokeout quit dates.

The Smokeouts are in response to the high rate of both adult and teen smokers in Mesa County. An estimated 22 percent of Mesa County adults smoke cigarettes, contributing to the county’s significantly higher rate of death by chronic lower respiratory diseases compared with the rest of the state.

In a 2013 survey, nearly 27 percent of Mesa County high school students reported having smoked cigarettes or cigars or having used other forms of tobacco in the previous 30 days.

The team hopes this localized approach to tobacco cessation will empower residents to inspire one another to quit smoking. The Healthy Mesa County Facebook page features a post prompting residents to share what tobacco has taken from them, whether that be their health, relationships or loved ones. The post has been shared more than 100 times and has sparked conversation among local Facebook users, bringing the community together.

More local resources are available at healthymesacounty.org including:
  • The Colorado Quitline – 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • Hilltop’s Tobacco Cessation Support Group – (970) 244-0614.
  • St. Mary’s Hospital tobacco cessation clinical visits at the Regional Cancer Center.
  • Primary Care Partners well-coaching and medication geared toward tobacco cessation. 
  • B4 Babies Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program.

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