Going Smoke-free in 2019: Free Resources Available to Help You Quit

HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) – The American Lung Association in Texas announced free resources to help residents who are ready to quit using tobacco as a part of their New Year’s resolution.

According to the Lung Association’s 2018 State of Tobacco Control report, more than 14 percent of adults smoke in Texas, which is attributed to 28,030 deaths per year in the state. Unfortunately, not everyone has benefited equally from tobacco control efforts, and as a result, the smoking rate is much higher for lower income and some minority communities. In fact, 33.6 percent of adults living in public housing smoke and more than 20 percent of African-American adults report that they currently use tobacco.

“While the smoking rate is decreasing in our state, not all communities are seeing the same progress and lifesaving benefits of quitting smoking,” said Katie Jones, executive director for the Lung Association. “That’s why we offer special programs throughout the city to help people quit. The New Year is the perfect time for people to commit to a smoke-free life and we are here to help.”

The Lung Association offers several free programs and resources to help Texans quit smoking:

· Smoking Cessation Initiative: Through the Smoking Cessation for Low Income Housing Residents initiative, the Lung Association works with Public Housing Agencies and other local partners to provide free resources for people who are ready to quit. The residents are given free access to the Freedom From Smoking program, a proven-effective smoking cessation program that has helped hundreds of thousands of people quit tobacco. This program is funded by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. For more information, call 1-800-LUNGUSA.

· Lung HelpLine: The Lung HelpLine is a free telephonic tobacco cessation resource staffed by Certified Tobacco Cessation Specialists, some of which are also respiratory therapists, registered nurses and even pharmacists. Along with counseling, the HelpLine offers up to six weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (such as nicotine patches) to people who are medically eligible. Resources are available online at Lung.org or over the phone at 1-800-LUNGUSA.

“Nicotine in cigarettes and e-cigarettes are highly addictive, which is part of why it can be so tough to quit smoking. On average, it takes a tobacco user eight to 11 quit attempts before they are smokefree,” said Jones. “This is why it is so important to turn to proven methods and expert resources to help you quit smoking for good.”

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