Is trying to quit smoking leaving you feeling burned out?

Plenty of resources are available for those wanting to kick the habit

By Voice staff

It’s a new year, and if you’re like many people, you’ve set some resolutions for yourself. If trying to quit smoking is one of them, we have some resources that can help.

To support the health and wellness of all Seattle Housing Authority residents, the Agency adopted and implemented a No Smoking Policy in February 2012 specifying that smoking is prohibited inside apartment units, common areas and within 25 feet of building entrances. This is consistent with federal public housing policy, Washington state law and public health best practices.

Here are some tools to help you snuff out those smokes:
Washington State Tobacco Quitline. Offers telephone-based counseling, print materials and nicotine replacement therapy for eligible callers. Translation services available. Call 1-800-QUIT NOW or 1-800-784-8669.

Asian-Language Quitline. Telephone counseling services available in the following languages: Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin) 1-800-838-8917; Korean 1-800-556-5564; Vietnamese 1-800-778-8440.

National Cancer Institute Nationwide Quitline. Smokefree.gov provides free information on quitting, along with free support via chat room or phone. Features an interactive website, text program, smartphone apps, phone-based counseling and print materials. Call 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848) or visit www.smokefree.gov. Teen-specific program, teen.smokefree.gov; women-specific program, women.smokefree.gov.

Washington Recovery Help Line. An anonymous and confidential help line that provides crisis intervention and referral services for Washington state residents. Professionally trained volunteers and staff are available to provide emotional support 24-hours a day, and offer local treatment resources for substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health, as well as other community services. The Recovery Help Line is a service of Crisis Clinic. Call 866-789-1511 or visit www.warecoveryhelpline.org.

Become an EX. Free online quit smoking program that helps you re-learn your life without cigarettes. Before you actually stop smoking, you will learn how to deal with things that trip you up. The EX plan prepares you to quit and stay quit. Visit www.becomeanex.org.

MyLastDip. Offers unique research-tested, self-help programs designed specifically to help chewing and smokeless tobacco users quit for good. Developed by researchers with over 40 years’ experience in helping chewers quit tobacco, these programs have been funded by research grants from the National Cancer Institute. Visit www.mylastdip.com.

Pfizer Helpful Answers. Medication assistance programs for people who have no insurance, or who do not have enough insurance and need help getting their Pfizer medicines. Call 1-866-706-2400 or visit http://www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance. Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free. Visit http://www.pparx.org.

Quit Tobacco – Make Everyone Proud. An educational campaign for the U.S. military, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. The mission is to help U.S. service members and veterans quit tobacco – for themselves and for the people they love. Online support is available at: http://www.ucanquit2.org.

Seattle Counseling Services. A number of tobacco cessation groups available. These groups are open to the public and there is no financial eligibility requirement to attend. Seattle Counseling specializes in LGBTQ, but anyone is welcome. Contact Shane at 206-323-1768 x203 for information and registration.

Sea Mar. Tobacco cessation counseling and follow up. Need not be a patient to participate. Services are free and available in Spanish. Offices are located in South Park & Burien. Visit http://www.seamarchc.org or call 206-762-3730.

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