Quitting For Good

This month in our March eblast we published an article provided by the CDC Office on Smoking and Health.  This is a great story you can share and also link others to resources that can be helpful in quitting tobacco!

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Members of your congregation who smoke, or use other forms of tobacco, may turn to you for support and healing, because they want your support as a trusted adviser in the faith community. Quitting can be very difficult, and people often make many quit attempts before they quit for good. A story of encouragement that you can share with smokers who come to you is about Rico, age 48, who started smoking at age 14.

Rico remembers lighting his father’s cigarettes as a young boy and watching him smoke constantly. Rico continued smoking into adulthood, and although his doctors told him to quit, he admits it was difficult. “I just couldn’t quit,” he said.

At age 45, Rico’s doctor told him he had cancer. Suddenly, nothing else mattered. Rico realized he had to take immediate action and quit smoking for good. Rico stopped smoking because he wanted to be healthy and watch his then-teenaged children grow up. He was treated for his cancer and has been a survivor since 2011.

Rico recalls how he first struggled to quit smoking but feels proud that he took control of his health and quit. “I quit so that I’d be more than a memory to my wife and children,” he said. Rico enjoys sharing his story with others and believes that it’s never too late to quit smoking and live a healthy lifestyle.

Just like Rico, remind your members that it is never too late to quit smoking and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Tell members of your congregation and your patients that you are there for them, but that they can always call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help to quit smoking. They can also get resources and help at www.cdc.gov/tips.

To learn more about Rico, go to http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/stories/rico-biography.html

To learn more about CDC’s faith-based resources, go to http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/partners/faith/index.html