Monday, November 9, 2015

Risk of having a diagnosis of lung cancer can be reduced. Use of tobacco products is the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in our country and contributes greatly to the risk of developing lung cancer. 80% of the lung cancer deaths are believed to have been caused by smoking. Changing behaviors related to tobacco use can increase chances of avoiding lung cancer, or surviving longer with a diagnosis of lung cancer.

The Great American Smoke-out is an annual event held on the 3rd Thursday every November. This year it will be held on November 19th. We encourage people who smoke to say “no” to use of tobacco products (for at least one day) on that day. Millions of Americans continue to smoke cigarettes, but many would like to stop. The good news: it is possible to stop smoking! NRHS can help provide you with the tools to quit. The desire to be free of tobacco is the first step toward change. Get support for the next steps to quitting by enrolling in our QuitSmart program. For more information about Quit Smart , please call (405) 307-3175.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is another avenue to receive help. Primarily funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, or TSET, this hotline is a toll-free support line with an enhanced selection of services. You can receive free text and email support, phone and web coaching, patches, gum, lozenges and more. Please call 1-800-QUIT NOW or visit OKhelpline.com to register and receive nonjudgmental support from specially trained Quit Coaches who can help provide services tailored just for you.

The old saying that quitters never win is not always true. People who quit using tobacco products are winners. You can do it!