The arrival of the New Year is known to bring with it a list of resolutions. Along with losing weight, quit smoking is again a top resolution. But as it is hard to go to the gym every day and skip your daily donut on the way to work, it is even harder to quit your daily cigarettes.
A new program called UC Quits was developed in order to help you quit that unhealthy and possibly fatal habit. The program realized by a doctor from UC Davis is trying to connect people with the same cigar addiction. This UC system also directs people to California’s Smokers Helpline, which consists of free counseling and support to people who want to quit smoking, through the telephone.
Doctor and Professor Elisa Tong is the one who launched the helpful program in 2013. This enables doctors to connect their patients to the Smokers’ Helpline. If the patient grants the doctor to provide his information, then he can easily send it to the helpline. Within two days, the helpline contacts the patient, but the patient can also be the one who makes the first phone call. Tong says that people usually respond better when they are called, as they usually tend to says that are too busy to make such calls. UC Quits is currently collaborating with the five UC campuses of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Irvine and Davis.
The California Smokers’ Helpline is based in San Diego and it has 50 trained people in doing counseling. The program can make and receive a total of 40,000 calls per year. Usually people of around 50 years call, but younger people were registered as well, the youngest caller being just 14 years old.
Not surprising, the number of calls received after the New Year’s Eve increase a lot. This can be because it is on a resolution list or because with all the festivities going on, some people who quit, simply relapsed. Researchers say that it is normal for a smoker to go through a few relapses, before quitting smoking for good.
Sometimes the helpline staff recommends patches, nasal spray, prescription pills an inhalers in order to keep away the smoking cravings. Gum, physical activities, relaxation techniques and healthy snacks could also be of great help.
The program came as a response to the high use of cigarettes in the United States. 480,000 Americans die each year because of smoking habits. Out of them, more than 41,000 people die because exposure to the secondhand smoke. In 2014, 40 million American adults were smokers, with 76% of them being every day smokers.
As quit smoking is again a top resolution, that means that you could be one of the people who wrote it, or at least thought about it. If you are smoker keep in mind that the cigarettes you smoke are not only decreasing your chances of life, but your closed ones as well.
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