Quitting Smoking is Hard… But Not Impossible
Quitting tobacco is not easy, but it is possible. Tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs (water pipe), vaping (includes E-cigarettes), or smokeless tobacco. The plan and methods for quitting are different for each person and may be different each time you try. If you have quit before, but went back to it, you have valuable experience and are better prepared to try again. You may be particularly motivated due to a health crisis, an upcoming surgery, or you decided it is time to become a non-smoker for other reasons. Please take advantage of that motivation! Quitting is your decision and you have to do the work, but there is help and support available.
A Word About Vaping
While cigarette smoking has dropped significantly, from 42% in 1965 to 14% in 2017, vaping has taken off. E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth in the U.S. with use growing by 900% among high school students from 2011 to 2015. E-cigarettes are tobacco products that typically contain nicotine, flavorings, and other additives. These devices can lead to smoking cigarettes. Nicotine can harm brain development in ways that can affect the mental health of our children and young adults. If you have decided to try quitting smoking byvaping, talk to your nurse or doctor about it. We don’t know all of the harms caused by vaping at this time, but new information is coming out with more research being done.
At Northwest Community Healthcare we’re here to support you along your journey to quit using tobacco. Whether this is your first attempt to quit, or you’ve tried multiple times, you’re not alone. Although only you can decide when you are ready to quit, and it is your hard work and motivation that will make it happen, NCH can provide you with some options and resources.
Support group Tuesdays 12:15 to 1:15PM
- Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) Wellness Center
- 900 W. Central Road Arlington Heights, IL
- Meets every Tuesday except holidays
- Registration not required
- Questions? Call 847-618-7992
Individual counseling in person at NCH with a tobacco treatment specialist
- May be a charge if not covered by insurance
- Call 847-618-3700 to make an appointment
Illinois Quitline: Call 866-QUIT-YES – telephone counseling and resources
www.smokefree.gov – tips, tools, and expert advice to help you quit smoking
For more information about the support group, call Korene Palazzo in Cardiac Rehab at 847-618-7992.
- "Deciding to Quit Smoking and Making a Plan." cancer.org. American Cancer Society. April 19, 2016.
- The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014
- Surgeon General’s Report: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults - 2016
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Smoking & Tobacco Use, February 14, 2014