Ready to Quit Smoking? LB Health Dept Has Free Help
2013-01-03 · By Editor
The Long Beach Health Department is here to support the efforts of Long Beach residents who have made quitting smoking their New Year’s resolution. Quitting smoking results in immediate and long-term health benefits for smokers, including: lower heart rate and blood pressure, increased circulation and lung function, and decreased risk for chronic illness. Many people will make the decision to start the New Year smoke-free, and it is important that they are aware of the local resources available to help them quit smoking.
“If you are a smoker, the healthiest, life-affirming, economical decision you can make, for you, your family and loved ones, is to stop smoking,” says Dr. Mitchell Kushner, City Health Officer.
Here are some resources to help you quit smoking:
- Call the Long Beach Health Department, Tobacco Education Program at 562.570.7950 The Tobacco Education Program will send you a free Stop-Smoking Guide with tips to help you quit smoking and a list of Long Beach support meetings and resources,
- Call the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS. The California Smokers’ Helpline provides free one-to-one counseling over the phone to support you in quitting smoking. The Helpline is open 7 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Services are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean and TDD/TTY, and/or
- Talk to your doctor about quitting aids. Nicotine replacement therapies or medications may be available through your health insurance or Medi-Cal.
It may take the average smoker several attempts before successfully quitting smoking, but don’t get discouraged. If you’re ready to try quitting again, take some time to think about what worked or didn’t work during your last quit attempt. Adjust your plan and try again. With each attempt you are making progress toward a healthier, smoke-free, lifestyle.
For more information regarding the Health Department Tobacco Education Program, please contact Eipryl Tello, Tobacco Education Program Coordinator, at 562.570.7955 or visit www.longbeach.gov/health, click on “Health Promotion” and then click on “Tobacco Education Program.”