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Every year in the U.S. over 392,000 people die from tobacco-caused disease. This makes smoking the leading cause of preventable death. Another 50,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke. Tragically, each day thousands of kids still pick up a cigarette for the first time. This keeps the cycle going. What can be done to stop smoking?
Best Way to Quit
According to a research article published by NIDA, approximately 80% of smokers who try to quit relapse within a year. Those poor odds can be improved by adding smoking cessation counseling to their usual method of quitting. In fact, by adding 12 months of counseling with a medication regimen, the success rate doubled (refer to article here).
Smoking Cessation Class
The most recent research shows that by adding a smoking cessation class to your other methods (cold-turkey, nicotine patch, e-cig, etc.) that your chances of quitting are increased by 27.6%. The more sessions attended, the higher the success rate. The combination of counseling and medication is more effective for smoking cessation that either medication or counseling alone. Medications alone induce an average abstinence rate of 21.7%. Medications in combination with counseling induced an average absence rate of 27.6%. Higher numbers of counseling sessions in combination with medication(s) produce the highest abstinence rates:
Most smokers today know that smoking is bad for their health and harmful to people around them. They know they should quit but they also know it’s going to be hard. Fortunately, there’s lots of help available!
Clearview Cancer Institute – Smoking Cessation Classes
This is a 1 year program that initially meets weekly for 10 weeks, then monthly for a year. Meetings are held Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm at Clearview Cancer Institute 3rd floor.
Huntsville Hospital Center for Lung Health – American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking®
The Freedom From Smoking® group clinic includes eight sessions and features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking. Each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. The clinic format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually and as part of a group.
Decatur General Hospital
Contact: Amy Green at 256-341-2227.
The Joy of Quitting
Contact: Joy Rhodes-Watkins at 256-247-1714.
Alabama Tobacco Quitline
The Alabama Tobacco Quitline is now offering online counseling services at https://alabama.quitlogix.org/ for any Alabamian who is ready to quit tobacco. If you, a friend, or family member are ready to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, the Quitline is here to help. All services are free to Alabama residents.