well-ahead louisiana connects louisiana organizations and residents to quit tobacco resources
New Year’s resolutions are an opportunistic chance for tobacco users to quit tobacco use for good. It is never too late to quit smoking. Within just hours of your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops and your oxygen levels increase to normal. Nearly 70 percent of smokers want to quit, and more than half of them try to stop each year. Organizations are able to connect Louisiana residents to available tobacco cessation treatments and resources by guiding them to the Smoking Cessation Trust and the Louisiana Quitline. Below are descriptions of the two main tobacco cessation resources for residents to utilize.
- The Louisiana Quitline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Quit coaches are there to assist the caller in creating a quit plan tailored to his or her specific needs. It is a five-call program and those who call receive a starter two-week supply of nicotine gum or patches. The Quitline also provides community smoking cessation classes along with free programs and resources.
- The Smoking Cessation Trust requires participants to meet certain criteria, but is a great resource for those who qualify. Eligibility requirements for applicants state that you must be a current Louisiana resident who began smoking on or before September 1st, 1988. The Trust provides cessation medications, individual/group cessation counseling, and telephone quitline support at no cost to qualified residents.
The Smoking Cessation Trust and Louisiana Quitline are easy ways to increase promotion and access to cessation resources for those interested in quitting. Cessation-related fact sheets, brochures, fax-to-quit referrals, posters, and social media content are all methods for increasing promotion to tobacco users. For access to resources, check out http://wellaheadla.com.
Health insurance is also an underutilized resource that may be available to residents seeking quit tobacco resources. Those who receive Medicaid or other health insurance may also qualify to receive tobacco cessation medications. Additionally, if your staff members receive employer health insurance, some of their benefits may cover tobacco cessation medication and counseling.
Did You Know?
Among all current adult cigarette smokers in the U.S., nearly 7 out of every 10 (68.0%) reported that they wanted to quit completely (CDC, 2017).
More people in the United States are addicted to nicotine than to any other drug. Research suggests that nicotine may be as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol (CDC, 2017).
According to the 2016 Surgeons General Report, quitting smoking is beneficial to health at any age, and cigarette smokers who quit before age 35 have mortality rates similar to those who never smoked.
Moving Louisiana’s Health Forward
In partnership with other statewide tobacco control organizations, Well-Ahead Louisiana’s Tobacco Cessation and Prevention program continues to provide resources and data needed to combat tobacco prevalence in Louisiana. Join us in connecting Louisiana residents to tobacco cessation resources by promoting 1-800-QUIT-NOW!
Are you passionate about tobacco cessation? Partner with us and show us how you are moving Louisiana’s health forward by geauxing tobacco-free this New Year! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Together, we can move Louisiana’s health forward!