Illinois Tobacco Quitline can help smokers break the habit

By the Ford County Public Health Department

With the new year upon us, many of us are focusing on our New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you want to learn something new, spend more time with family and friends, improve your financial situation or improve your health. One resolution that could help achieve all those other resolutions is to quit tobacco products, if you are currently using. 

By becoming a former tobacco user, you may pick up a healthier habit and achieve your goal of learning something new. Once you stop tobacco use, you begin on the road to recovery, which can help you live a healthier and longer life, increasing the time you have to spend with your family and friends. When you are not purchasing tobacco products, you are saving money, and with the healthier life style you will have less medical costs.

By quitting tobacco you will: improve your health, reduce your risk of cancer, help prevent or slow the progress of COPD, decrease your chance of a heart attack, and increase energy levels, allowing you to be more active. 

If you are one of the people trying to quit tobacco, the Ford County Public Health Department would like you to know there is help out there for you. We would like to see you achieve all of your new year’s resolutions by tackling one very important resolution — quitting tobacco. 

For help in quitting tobacco, you can call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 866-QUIT-YES (866-784-8937).  The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free resource for tobacco users who want to quit for good. Their registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and certified tobacco-treatment counselors are on call seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., to answer all your tobacco-related questions and provide the support you need to break the habit. 

As we enter a new year, would you agree that now is the perfect time to quit tobacco? You can start 2015 as a healthier you by calling the Illinois Tobacco Quitline. Even if you do not use tobacco products, you can use this information to help a friend or family member who is trying to stop the use of tobacco become tobacco-free in 2015.

For more information, call the Ford County Public Health Department at 217-379-9281.

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