Try to Quit Smoking Saturday for World No Tobacco Day

May 28, 2003

With the possibility of a statewide smoking ban for businesses looming, smoking cessation experts at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center are encouraging smokers to consider quitting on Saturday, May 31st, in observance of World No Tobacco Day.

The annual event draws attention to the tobacco epidemic and encourages smokers to end their dependence on tobacco.

"Tobacco is the source of one of the most pervasive health problems that we deal with every day," says Deborah Ossip-Klein, Ph.D., director of the Smoking Research Program at the Wilmot Cancer Center. "We have to do everything we can to help smokers succeed in quitting smoking and encourage others, especially young people, to never start smoking."

Researchers currently lead the on-line chats for gottaquit.com, Monroe County’s smoking cessation program aimed at teenagers, as well as Project 50+, which is geared toward long-time smokers aged 50 and over across New York state. More information about Project 50+ is available by calling (585) 273-3871 or go to www.p50plus.org.

The Rochester Tobacco Treatment Center is also offering a free intensive smoking cessation program for select BlueChoice members of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Rochester Region. For more information, call (585) 922-7671.

There are many other resources for smokers of all ages who are trying to quit. Information is available by calling the New York State Quitline at 1-888-609-6292 or go to www.nysmokefree.org.

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Note: Below are smoking cessation facts and tips, courtesy of the Smoking Research Program:.

  • Older smokers are less likely to try to quit, but when they do try, they are more likely to succeed.
  • If a smoker can give up cigarettes for 24 hours, he or she doubles the chance for permanent success.
  • Make a plan for quitting. Talk to a physician about strategies such as cold turkey versus a nicotine patch, gum or inhaler.
  • Tell friends, family and co-workers that you plan to quit and rally them to help you stick with it.
  • Avoid risky situations or behaviors, and remove triggers such as ashtrays and lighters.
  • Remind yourself why you are quitting - and reward yourself every day you forego cigarettes.

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