Tobacco Free Hernando is encouraging Floridians to make a plan to quit smoking during the American Cancer Society’s 44th-annual Great American Smokeout on Nov. 21.
The organization encourages a tobacco-free atmosphere in Hernando County and advocates for changes in tobacco-prevention policies. It raises awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and vaping, and encourages tobacco cessation, particularly among youth.
Most adult cigarette smokers say they want to quit, but quitting smoking is hard and may require several attempts. Creating a quit plan and using proven-effective resources can significantly increase your chances of quitting for good. Smokers can and do quit smoking. In fact, today there are more former smokers than current smokers in Florida.
Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way program offers free Phone Quit, Group Quit and Web Quit services, plus texting support and helpful emails. Free nicotine replacement therapy — nicotine patches, gum or lozenges — are available to tobacco users 18 or older, if medically appropriate.
For more information, visit tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway.
Tresa J. Watson, executive director, Tobacco Free Hernando/Hernando Community Coalition