The Long Beach Health Department has set out to support the efforts of Long Beach residents who have made quitting smoking their New Year’s resolution. Quitting smoking results in immediate and long-term health benefits for smokers, including: lower heart rate and blood pressure, increased circulation and lung function, and decreased risk for chronic illness.
“If you are a smoker, the healthiest, life-affirming, economical decision you can make, for you, your family and loved ones, is to stop smoking,” says Dr. Mitchell Kushner, City Health Officer.
Many people will make the decision to start the new year smoke-free, and there are numerous local resources available to help them quit smoking:
• Call the Long Beach Health Department, Tobacco Education Program at (562) 570-7950. The Tobacco Education Program will provide a free stop-smoking guide with tips to help smokers quit and a list of Long Beach support meetings and resources.
• Call the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS. The California Smokers’ Helpline provides free one-to-one counseling over the phone to support quitting smoking. The Helpline is open 7am to 9pm Monday through Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. Services are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean and TDD/TTY.
• Talk to a doctor about quitting aids. Nicotine-replacement therapies or medications may be available through health insurance or Medi-Cal.
According to a press release issued by the City of Long Beach, it may take the average smoker several attempts before successfully quitting smoking but they shouldn’t get discouraged. Those who are ready to try quitting again should take some time to think about what worked or didn’t work during their last quit attempt. They should adjust their plan and try again. With each attempt they are making progress toward a healthier, smoke-free lifestyle.
For more information regarding the Long Beach Health Department Tobacco Education Program, contact Eipryl Tello, Tobacco Education Program coordinator, at (562) 570-7955 or visit longbeach.gov/health, click on “Health Promotion” and then click on “Tobacco Education Program.”
Source: City of LB