The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline Offers Quit Tips For The New Year
OKLAHOMA CITY – December 16, 2014 — What would it take for you to quit using tobacco this New Year? If you are ready to quit tobacco, free help is within your reach through the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. Whether this is your first time to try quitting or you’ve tried before, the Helpline can connect you with a specially trained Quit Coach who can provide non-judgmental support and personalized quit plans based on your needs.
“Take the opportunity this New Year to upgrade your health and quit tobacco for good,” said Tracey Strader, executive director of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). “The health benefits start almost immediately. Within 20 minutes of quitting, your body will already start repairing itself from the harmful effects of tobacco. You’ll soon have more energy, more lung capacity, a better sense of taste and more money in your pocket.”
If you’re ready to quit, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline encourages you to:
1. Set A Quit Date
Pick a date within the next thirty days to quit smoking. Avoid setting a day too far in the future and choose a day where you know you will not be stressed or in a situation that typically triggers a craving.
2. Seek Support
Quitting is much easier when you have a support system in place. Lean on friends, family, Quit Coaches and your doctor to help you throughout your quitting journey.
3. Tobacco-Proof Your Life
Remove tobacco products from your home, car and place of work. Get rid of any tobacco paraphernalia including ashtrays and lighters, and avoid situations in which you would be around tobacco products.
4. Use Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs)
NRTs are used to decrease withdrawal symptoms triggered when you quit smoking. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline offers free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges to eligible participants.
5. Practice Quitting With Mini-Quits
Mini-quits involve avoiding smoking a cigarette or dipping just one instance at a time. Plan your mini-quit by changing up your routine, especially avoiding the triggers that make you crave cigarettes the most. Try replacing bad habits with good habits, like going for a walk when you might normally have your morning cigarette.
To connect with professional Quit Coaches from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.OKhelpline.com. Free patches, gum or lozenges are also available through the Helpline.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is primarily funded by TSET, in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a FREE service for Oklahomans wanting to quit tobacco. Funding is primarily provided by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Employees Group Insurance Division and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline has served more than 365,000 Oklahomans since 2003 and was ranked the top quitline for reaching tobacco users seeking treatment in FY2013 by the North American Quitline Consortium.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to: www.ok.gov/tset.
For more information, contact:
Julie Bisbee, Director of Public Information and Outreach
(405) 521-4992 (office)
(405) 301-3693 (cell)