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Your Healthy Family: Don’t give up on quitting smoking or vaping

Posted at 9:01 AM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 11:27:35-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – How’s 2019 treating you?  If your goal was to quit smoking or vaping and you’re struggling I have an important message, don’t give up.

Living in Colorado has a tangible benefit for smokers trying to quit says Dr. Crystal Erickson a thoracic surgeon with UCHealth Memorial in Colorado Springs.  “There are numerous resources available. The easiest to access is the Quitline, which is 1-800-QUITNOW. It’s a free service that provides access to telephone based counselors who can help you develop a quit plan.  Recent to Colorado the eligibility criteria has changed so that anyone twelve years or older can use this free service on their web based programs.”

Mychelle Lynch is the tobacco cessation supervisor with the Colorado Quitline.  “It’s a combination of evidence based coaching by phone, and also nicotine replacement medications.  Things like the patches the gum a lot of the things people have heard about.”

Dr. Ian Tullberg an urgent care doctor with UCHealth Memorial says, “I think it’s one of the best things I’ve heard of in medicine.  A state actually funding this so when you call the Quitline you know you can get free medications. You can get help trying to quit and you know they’re not trying to sell you anything, they’re not trying to get your get your health information to sell to anyone else.  They’re literally there, just to help you. It’s a wonderful wonderful program and I wish more people took advantage of it.”

Finally, consider a visit with your doctor who can also help you in your efforts in ways you may not have thought of.

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