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Women Celebrating Smoke Free Lives

Smoke Free Women is an organization serving as a resource for women who are looking to quit smoking, as well as acting as a support system for women who have already quit.

Approximately one in five American women is a smoker. Almost 80% of them have a desire to quit.

Created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute, Smoke Free Women offers women and their friends and family help on achieving this goal.

Smoke Free Women: Help Quitting

Stubbed out CigaretteThe Smoke Free Women website offers many different quit-smoking resources, including:

  • an online cessation guide designed by health professionals and ex-smokers;
  • information database on various smoking related issues and quitting topics, such as the benefits of quitting, depression, pregnancy and smoking, second hand smoke, stress and weight concerns, and withdrawal symptoms;
  • various quizzes to help gauge mental status and interpersonal relationships;
  • information for numerous quit lines featuring health councilors and web resources; and
  • a publications library of information on quitting, pregnancy and smoking, smoking later in life, and more.

Celebrating Smoke Free Voices

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the creation of the Smoke Free Women website, the organization established a video contest. This inspiring contest was to provide a platform for people to creatively express themselves in self-made videos that were entered in one of two categories.

The first category was open for videos focusing on the topic “Why I am a smoke free women.” Entrants were encouraged to enter videos that explained why they stay smoke free, their reasons for quitting, and what it means to be a smoke free woman.

Video Winner: Why I am a Smoke Free Woman

The second category was the topic “Why I want YOU to be smoke free,” giving friends or relatives of smokers an opportunity to share why they wanted a loved one to be smoke free.

Video Winner: Why I Want You to be Smoke Free

Smoke Free Women has helped women from across the country with their smoking cessation needs, and the videos of success from these women are truly inspirational.

Reference:  Smoke Free Women [http://women.smokefree.gov]

Way to Go California – 1 800 No Butts at Your Service

California’s Example Provides Encouragement that Smokers Can Stop

Today in the LA Times, it was reported that the use of cigarettes in California is steadily declining.

Smoking statistics for adults have dropped since California passed a twenty-five cent tax on each pack of cigarettes.

Cigarette Taxes Encourage Quitting Smoking

The decline of adult smokers in California is at forty-one percent since the new tax, reported by data from the Department of Public Health.

pic-cigarette-notThis is great news and offers hope that the newly-passed government cigarette tax may just stop many smokers in their tracks.

Eric Bailey, from the LA Times states, “Anti-smoking advocates are celebrating this week’s 20th anniversary of California’s groundbreaking tobacco-control effort by releasing new data showing that cigarette use is continuing its steep decline in the Golden State.”

Last year only thirteen percent of California adults were addicted to cigarettes, which is a ten percent decrease since 1988. Another encouraging bit of data is the decline in youth smokers, which is currently a little over fourteen percent and one of the lowest percentages in the entire nation.

Way to go California!

No If’s or Butt’s About It

For those smokers who are wanting to quit, try calling the 1 800 No Butts quit smoking help line. Calls are currently up twenty-five percent since last year. This is another example that people are seriously considering the health hazards of smoking and the cost of their cigarette habits.

Our hats go off to 1 800 No Butts. Kimberly Belshe, Secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency, reported the estimates of lives saved through this program the last twenty years is as high as one million and over eighty-six billion dollars in health care expenses.

Credit for this article goes to the LA Times
For more information contact eric.bailey @ latimes.com

Watch a Short Video From California’s 1-800-No-Butts


Pack it in with the Great American Smokeout

Mark Twain said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it hundreds of times.”

The Great American Smokeout also known as GASO has been going on nationally since 1977, and that’s all there is to it: for just one day, don’t smoke.

If you smoke, the American Cancer Society invites you to quit one more time, if only for 24 hours, during the Great American Smokeout, on November 15.

Is it really worthwhile to quit just for one day?

Edwina “Eddie” Reeves, certified tobacco treatment specialist at CHINS, says, “People who quit during the Great American Smokeout are winners because they learn that they can do without the nicotine. If they quit for one day they prove to themselves that they have the power over the nicotine.”

Twain also said, “It has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep.” By following Twain’s simple rule you can easily handle one-third of the 24 hours. Only 16 hours to go! Smokers: a dying breed Smoking rates among U.S. adults hit a high of 46 percent in 1964 and have been declining steadily since then, to 21 percent today. It’s true that smokers tend to die young and drop out of the measurements, but smoking rates have declined primarily because people realize they’ve had enough and decide that they are not going to smoke any more.

GASO is one way they work up to this. New smokers get recruited all the time, mostly children. One-fifth of children are smoking by the time they graduate high school, and 90 percent of adult smokers started before age 18. GASO is not limited to adults, and a GASO event aimed at students will be held in Tularosa.

The Hassle Factor

The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect in New Mexico on June 15. It generally prohibits smoking in indoor public places and indoor workplaces. It is intended to protect people against second-hand smoke, but it does make life more of a hassle for smokers, who now have to go outside to smoke.

For many smokers this has been the last straw and they have decided to quit. If you are fed up with the hassle of smoking, but haven’t quite decided to quit, GASO is a good chance to try being a nonsmoker for a day.

ribbon.jpgLocally, CHINS offers free tobacco cessation classes and individualized counseling, including free nicotine replacement therapy (patches and gum). CHINS has had a surge of interest in these classes since the new law went into effect. The next class starts Nov. 5 in Tularosa. Contact CHINS at 434-3011 or 491-3595.

The statewide quit line is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). You get to talk to a real person who can help you. Help is available in English and in Spanish, and for youth and for adults. The quit line counselors will work with you to develop an individualized plan, and you get unlimited follow-up calls to help you through the process.

Leave the Pack Behind

Mark Twain was a tough old bird, and despite smoking almost continually from age 8, he beat the odds and lived to age 74. Not everyone has his luck. Thinking about quitting? Try going without your cigarettes for 24 hours on Nov. 15. It can be the first step to leaving the pack behind.

Source: Allen Stenger, Alamogordo Daily News

Editor’s note: This column is provided as a service of the Otero County Community Health Council and the Alamogordo Daily News as a way to provide the latest in health and wellness information, services and events. If you would like more information, contact Lee Ann Loney, OCCHC Coordinator, at 700 E. First Street, Suite 720, Alamogordo, NM, 88310, 443-8100, oteromch@netmdc.com.