Today, there are people in our community who are taking part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use today to make a plan to quit or actually quit smoking today. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.
Tobacco use is still the #1 preventable cause of disease and premature death.
While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 17% in 2014), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.
Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.
Local and state resources include:
- The New York State Smokers’ Quitline 1-866-697-8487. They provide free coaching and patches for tobacco users, as well as offer a chat forum and text messaging. They also have resources you can download from their website at nysmokefree.com
- Cayuga Medical Center (607-252-3590), Cortland Regional Medical Center (607-756-3807) & Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network (800-231-0744) offer support for those seeking help. Medicaid covers many medications.
- Family Counseling Services offers a smoking cessation program to clients who are enrolled in our mental health and chemical dependency services. Speak to your counselor about the program.