Want to quit smoking? Free area services available

ST. GEORGE – When kicking the smoking habit, using nicotine replacement therapy such as patches, gum, or lozenges can increase your chances of success. For a limited time, Utah QuitNet is offering these resources free to anyone who wants to stop smoking.

“A lot of people may have tried quitting in the past and were unsuccessful,” says Shalyce Oman, health educator for the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. “They might think they can’t do it again, but that’s normal. Don’t give up – it can take several attempts, although it’s more likely to work if you have additional support, like coaching or nicotine replacement products. Also, if you’ve tried one method before, like the gum, try something different this time, like the patches or lozenges.”

Utah QuitNet is a free internet-based service designed to help tobacco users through the quitting process. Its interactive features can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as needed. Tobacco users can log in and be surrounded by the world’s largest online community of people quitting smoking. It is a safe gathering place for people to help each other quit and stay tobacco-free.

All services are anonymous, and free to Utah users, including the nicotine replacement items. Utah QuitNet can be used alone or combined with other services, like the Utah Tobacco Quit Line, a free phone-based coaching tool.

Utah QuitNet: www.utahquitnet.com

Utah Tobacco Quit Line:  1-800-QUIT NOW

Free in-person counseling to quit tobacco at the SWUPHD: 435-986-2593

Submitted by: The Southwest Utah Public Health Department

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @STGnews


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  • phil March 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    While most entities will not support it, especially the government, because they can’t control it.. yet, I’ve found e-cigarettes to be what did it for me. Smoked since I was 17, at 42 and after many efforts (gum, pills, patch) I’ve finally been cigarette free since August 2012. Personally, I think it’s the most effective way… not trying to quit the chemical dependency AND the physical action all at once is what helped me. Did a gradual step-down to no nicotine e-cigs and then quit using for the most part all together… what does help is if I feel REALLY urged I have a solution that is not nicotine based and is purely water vapor.

  • Chris March 30, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Sounds to good to be true, Phil. The e-cig folks are hitting the social media sites hard these days. I was with an e-cig smoker the other night and in a dark room it looked like they were exhaling from a hookah there was so much smoke. How can I be sure there were no contaminants in the air? Should I just take your word on it?

  • My Evil Twin March 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Oh for heaven sakes, if you want to quit, just quit! I can’t believe people are so weak that they can’t kick the habit on their own. I can quit any time I want. I can quit any time I want. I can quit any time I want. . .

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