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QUIT SMOKING

Smoking Cessation Improves Lung Function and Overall Health

Quit for Life - (866) 784-8454

(contracted through Optum Health Plans)

 

Locate the nearest smoking cessation center or talk to a counselor

American Cancer Society

73-161 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 100

Palm Desert, CA 92260

(760) 568-2691

Nicotine Anonymous

Support Group

(877) 879-6422

Nicotine-Anonymous.org

 

Additional online resources

Smokefree.gov

The National Institute of Health (NIH) offers this free resource. It provides information and tools to help quit smoking for people at various stages of smoking cessation and separate portals for veterans, teens, and Spanish speaking population. 

Some key resources and tools:

1. Text-based program to quit smoking: online texting app to help guide you through a six- to eight-week quitting plan, providing you three to four texts daily

2. Online tools to build and customize your quitting plan

3. Information and peer support through social media

4. Phone-based app to track and record personal progress and experiences through the multiple stages of cessation

Freedom From Smoking Program®

This program has been run successfully for the past 35 years by the American Lung Association. The program  has helped several hundreds and thousands of people to quit smoking. Some key resources include:

1. Freedom From Smoking Plus: interactive and user-friendly interface accessible through your desktop, mobile and tablet. Allows planning and customization of individual cessation plan. Community support and counseling available through LungHelpLine counselors. Watch demo here.

2. Freedom From Smoking Group Clinics: in-person group clinics include eight sessions led by a certified facilitator with a small group of eight to 16 people and are held throughout the country. Find a Group Clinic near you. 

3. Lung HelpLine: expert counseling by respiratory therapists and certified tobacco treatment specialists. Call 1-800-LUNGUSA to learn more.

 
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Why is it important to quit smoking after lung cancer diagnosis?

The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) released a statement urging physicians to recommend tobacco cessation for patients after cancer diagnosis, at the World Conference on Lung Cancer in Barcelona, Spain in September 2019.

The diagnosis of cancer is “the teachable moment”, allowing health care professionals the best opportunity to discuss with patients their nicotine addiction and shared decision-making. An enhanced focus on smoking cessation at the time of a cancer diagnosis and active intervention may increase patients’ action to quit.

Author: Professor Jacek Jassem, MD, PhD, Head of the Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy at the Medical University of Gdansk, Poland. 

To read the full article CLICK HERE

 
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Foods rich in antioxidants may restore and delay lung damage

Recent study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, has suggested that foods rich in antioxidants like tomatoes may restore lung function and delay smoking or age-related lung damage.

To read the full article CLICK HERE