Posted at: 01/08/2013 1:56 PM
Updated at: 01/08/2013 1:58 PM
The New Mexico Department of Health is offering free services to help quit smoking in 2013.
The New Mexico Department of Health wants to help New Mexicans to quit smoking by offering a variety of free resources to quit now or commit to quit in 2013.
Tobacco users can access free cessation services through the statewide toll free number 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or online at QuitNowNM.com.
The Department offers free counseling services and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, lozenges and gum) for participants who register.
Cessation services have been expanded to meet the diverse needs of tobacco users.
Participants can access services 24 hours a day in English or Spanish. Other languages are available through a 200 option language line. TTY is available for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Registered participants can also take advantage of more help by opting for text message support.
An estimated 284,900 New Mexican adults currently smoke. Tobacco use, as the leading cause of death, results in about 2,100 deaths in New Mexico each year.
Also, an estimated 42,000 New Mexicans are afflicted with tobacco-related diseases. Cigarette smoking has a harmful impact on nearly every organ in the human body and is linked to conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and cancers of the lung, stomach, pancreas, cervix, and kidney.
The leading causes of smoking-related death in New Mexico are COPD (which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) and lung cancer. People who stop smoking can greatly reduce their risk for disease and premature death as well as help protect children, family, friends and pets from exposure to secondhand smoke that can cause immediate harm to those who breathe it.
The New Mexico Department of Health offers the following tips to help quit smoking:
1. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider (e.g., doctor, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, psychologist, or smoking cessation coach or counselor), especially if you want to consider using medications that can help you stop smoking and lessen the urge to smoke.
2. Prepare for the day you plan to quit. Tobacco proof your environment--get rid of all tobacco products (and other items such as ashtrays) in your home, car and at work.
3. Talk to your family, friends and co-workers and let them know you are planning to quit. Ask them not to use tobacco around you or leave cigarettes and other tobacco products where you can see them.
4. Change your routine. Use a different route to work. Do something to reduce your stress. Distract yourself when you feel an urge to smoke or use tobacco.
5. Get support from other people. Studies have shown that you have a better chance of being successful if you have help.
6. Consider signing up for counseling. Telephone counseling is available free of charge at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Regardless of how you decide to quit—whether you use medicines, counseling, or simply by stopping smoking on your own—it’s most important to commit to quit, make a plan, and stick with it.
The Department of Health will continue to support individuals who want to quit by providing free resources and working to increase access to those services for all New Mexicans.