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Get the Help You Need to Quit Smoking Now

Smoking cigarettes is a dangerous addiction.

Not surprisingly, people who smoke realize this, too. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 7 in 10 adult smokers in the U.S. want to quit. The CDC found that more than four in 10 smokers had tried to quit within the last year. It’s not easy. Nicotine addiction is often severe, and people who smoke may require eight to 11 attempts before they quit.

But there are ways to increase your likelihood of success. One approach is to combine counseling and nicotine replacement therapy. This service is available through Quit Now Kentucky.

Right now, there’s more support to help you quit: Residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant, and Kenton Counties can receive four weeks of free nicotine replacement patches when they sign up for Quit Now Kentucky’s program.

To use services provided by Quit Now Kentucky, simply call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. EST Monday through Sunday or log on to http://www.QuitNowKentucky.org. Doctors can also sign up patients online or by fax.

Quit Now Kentucky offers:

  • Support and advice from an experienced quit coach
  • A personalized quit program with self-help materials
  • Online resources
  • Mobile resources: eCoach mobile app and text messaging
  • Pregnancy/postpartum program

The program works: People who use medications to quit smoking are more than twice as likely to quitsmoking than people who do not use medications to help them quit, according to research published in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Nearly 8,000 Kentuckians die each year because of tobacco-related diseases. For every smoking-related death, at least 30 people live with a smoke-related disease, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.

The benefits of quitting smoking can start immediately. Smokers who are able to quit successfully can reduce their chance of heart attack, stroke and cancers of the lung, mouth, throat and esophagus. You are never too old to quit.

Everyone has their own reasons for quitting smoking—to be healthier, to save some money or to keep their family safe. If you or someone you know wants help quitting, please call 1-800 QUIT NOW or visit www.nkyhealth.org/quitnow.aspx.

By Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health, Northern Kentucky Health Department