Arizona is no different, and the Arizona Department of Health Services estimates more than 700,000 Arizonans use some type of tobacco product. The American Cancer Society also estimates that about 21 percent of Americans smoke, with most being between 45-53 years old.
The Arizona Health Department says that most people who try to stop smoking make 8-10 attempts before they are successful. Those that are successful usually do it with help. That’s why the ASHLine, a free smoking cession hotline, and the Mohave County Tobacco Use Prevention Program plan to help local residents this New Year’s.
This free smoking cessation class meets for an hour every week for eight weeks through the Kingsman Regional Medical Center. Everyone is welcome, even walk-ins to the class.
The classes focus on how to get ready to stop, dealing with stress, addiction, how to deal with cravings, and weight gain caused by stopping smoking. They also provide the needed support system most people need.
MCTUPP provides two weeks of smoking cessation tools such gum, lozenges and patches.
The program directors say that even with the program, people have to want to quit and that no one quits just because someone tells them they need to do so. However, they also stress that it’s never too late to quit and that anyone trying to quit shouldn’t give up if they don’t succeed the first time. They encourage people to come to the class for as many times as it requires for them to be able to stop.