CentraCare Specialists Available to Help you Quit Smoking

CentraCare Specialists Available to Help you Quit Smoking

Currently, about 37.8 million Americans smoke cigarettes and each year more than 480,000 people in the United States die from illnesses caused by smoking - meaning approximately 1 out of 5 deaths in this country are caused by smoking. COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs. However, only about 1.2 million (7.4%) who try to quit succeed each year, in part because of lack of access to cessation resources and support. The American Cancer Society has their Quit For Life program, and the American Lung Association has their tobacco quit line.

When you're breathing better, when your heart is functioning better, you can be more active, and that means better health overall.

Doctors used to do television commercials touting how the brand of cigarettes they smoked helped them to relax.

"There is no better time than the present to stop using tobacco", says Dr. Larry Simon, medical director at Blue Cross.

¯ 2,000 - The number of people under the age of 18 who each day smoke their first cigarette - more than 300 will become daily cigarette smokers.


For more than 40 years, the Great American Smokeout has been held the third Thursday of November. "With COVID-19 cases rising, I really encourage people to stop smoking or vaping as soon as possible". Thankfully, in 2020 individuals who smoke have more options than ever to help them quit, including Pivot, a digital solution that enables anyone to quit or reduce their smoking at their own pace.

Tobacco Free Florida aims to educate Floridians on the various free quit resources available in the state and support them through the process - on the Great American Smokeout and year-round. Addressing these disparities will require engaging community members and cross-sector partners such as corporate partners, community-based organizations (e.g., faith-based organizations), community leaders, investors and funders, academic institutions, health systems, and government.

Do you need help quitting?

The Quitline is offering up to three months of free nicotine gum, while supplies last. The Well-Ahead website includes a wealth of information about smoking cessation. While fewer people are smoking cigarettes and smoking rates have drastically dropped in the USA during the past several decades, there are still an estimated 34.2 million people in the US who smoke. This program provides for the reimbursement of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), telephone quit line services, office visits and counseling.

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