Support for Smokers making plans to Quit

Celebrate your first day of being tobacco-free and get a free Quit Kit at the annual Great American Smokeout Thursday, November 15, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Target parking lot 1280 Dana Drive, Redding. Tobacco cessation information will be offered for smokers who want to quit and learn how to start a plan for a smoke-free life. For almost 44 years, the Great American Smokeout has highlighted the health dangers of tobacco use and the challenges of quitting smoking.

“I know that quitting tobacco is very hard, but it’s not impossible,” said Rick Crowley, a Shasta County Tobacco Education coalition member. Contact Shasta County Tobacco Education Program at 229-8467 for information on local resources and cessation classes or visit tobaccofreeshasta.org. California Residents can also set up a free personal cessation plan by calling the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS. If you plan to quit smoking here are some steps to help you prepare:

  • Pick the date and mark it on your calendar.
  • Tell friends and family that you have set a date to quit.
  • Get rid of all the cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car, and work.
  • Decide on a plan. Will you use nicotine replacement therapy or other medicines? Will you attend cessation classes? If so, sign up now.
  • Practice saying, “No thank you. I am trying to quit.”
  • Set up a support system. Consider a group class, a friend, or family member who has successfully quit to help you.
  • Ask family and friends who still smoke not to smoke around you and not to leave cigarettes out where you can see them.
  • If you are taking prescription medications, first discuss your plans to quit with your doctor or health care provider.

Free Quit Kits will also be available at the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency-Public Health and Regional Services Branch offices. For additional information and local resources, visit www.tobaccofreeshasta.org or www.facebook.com/ShastaTEC.