Eliminating tobacco use can have almost immediate benefits to your health. Only 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure drop and your circulation improves. The Great American Smokeout is an initiative of the American Cancer Society that encourages smokers to stop using tobacco even for one day. A small success with one day of quitting can lead to a life free from tobacco addiction. This year the community will join together to celebrate the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 19, 2015.
“Quitting tobacco is hard, but it’s not impossible. The first step is finding your reason for quitting because no matter how many medications or nicotine replacement therapies you try, you have to really want to quit in order to be successful at it” said Corrie Groesbeck, Tobacco-Control Program Coordinator at the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment. Fortunately, there are many free resources available to help Weld County residents quit tobacco. The first free resource is the Colorado QuitLine. The Colorado QuitLine is a service which offers free coaching and up to eight weeks of free nicotine patches or gum for callers 18 and older. Call the Colorado QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or register at www.coquitline.org. Many people who have called the Colorado QuitLine report success when combining the coaching with nicotine replacement therapy. Another free resource is the Quit For Life app, a mobile app to support you in your quit attempt. Find out more information at www.quitforlifeapp.com.
The Weld County Tobacco Program is funded through a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment as part of the Amendment 35 Tobacco Tax through the State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (STEPP).
The program focuses on three main program areas:
- youth tobacco prevention
- cessation for adults, pregnant
women and youth
- education and prevention of
Additionally, we are working on eliminating tobacco disparities in priority populations. A coalition made up of community members is also working toward eliminating tobacco as the leading preventable cause of disease and death in Weld County as part of the program. The Weld County Tobacco program is housed at the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment as part of the Health Communication, Education and Planning division.