Utah County Health Department teams up with Community Action Food Bank to help bring tobacco cessation to those in need.
PROVO, UTAH (November 22, 2014) - - Besides food assistance, patrons to the Community Action Food Bank will receive help quitting smoking this Monday to Wednesday. The Utah County Health Department (UCHD) will promote tobacco cessation services at the Community Action Food Bank from 8 a.m. to noon on November 24-26th at 815 S Freedom Blvd, Provo.
More than 1000 complimentary WayToQuit reusable shopping bag will be given away while health educators and volunteers explain free quit services and encourage people to utilize them, if needed. The online resource WayToQuit.org is Utah's hub for tobacco cessation, or individuals can call 1.800.QUIT.NOW. Free quit services in Utah include coaching and nicotine replacement therapy such as the nicotine patch or gum.
Raven Albertson, UCHD health educator hopes to help bring tobacco cessation services available to those seeking food assistance. "We want people to know about the free support and programs that are available to them," said Albertson. "There is a lot of stress in feeding a family for anyone. For some, there is even more. That additional stress can make even harder to overcome something already incredibly challenging, like nicotine addiction."
People in Utah County who have successfully quit smoking with the help of the free tobacco cessation services available are noticing the difference it can make, especially financially. One mother from American Fork, we will call her "Erin," said, "I save a lot since I quit smoking. Every day I used to scrounge together my pennies and quarters to try to come up with five or six bucks to get a pack of cigarettes. Now that I've quit, I have been saving up money to use for things I need.
"Cassandra" of Lehi noticed that ultimately she was less stressed when she quit smoking. "It's just one stress that you don't have to worry about -- if you have money for them or where you're going to be able to get cigarettes -- once you don't need it just to get through the day."
What "Danya" of American Fork appreciated most was the coaching aspect of the quit program. "It gives me comfort knowing that there is someone there that I can call if I have a slip-up. They're there to help me work through it, without making me feel bad."
To access tobacco cessation services in Utah, visit www.waytoquit.org or call 1.800.QUIT.NOW. People wanting additional information on how to quit can also call the Utah County Health Department at 801-851-7095.