With a new year upon us, is going smoke-free one of your resolutions?
More than four in five smokers say they want to quit. Research shows that you are twice as likely to succeed if you join a tobacco cessation program that includes ongoing support. That’s particularly important for those living near the poverty line.
Like many, Delorus Alderman of Indianapolis started smoking at 18. Before long, she was a two-pack-a-day smoker.
“Quit now or die” was the sobering message from her doctor after she was diagnosed with heart disease. Delorus began the difficult journey to quitting.
She had help from Stacey Chappell, the smoking cessation counselor at HealthNet Southeast Health & Dental Center. Stacey gave Delorus many practical tips that she used to prepare herself and her family. She also received free nicotine replacement therapy patches.
Delorus asked for support from her family and her on-line “IndyMoms” group – all of which rallied around her to help her get through the tough early months.
As Delorus celebrates her first year without cigarettes in a very long time, challenges remain. Still, she finds all the reason in the world to remain a non-smoker—that remarkably memorable day when one of her children gave her a big hug and said how glad she was that mom didn’t smell bad anymore.
- Thinking about quitting? When you’re ready, we’re here to help with ways to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, and resources to support you every step of the way.
- Ready to quit? HealthNet offers FREE one-on-one tobacco cessation counseling. You’ll learn how to beat cravings and overcome weight gain. Make an appointment at the health center nearest you.
- Help someone in need quit. A small donation to HealthNet’s Health Promotions Program will enable an underserved person to have access to free tobacco cessation counseling.