Iowans Share #ProudQuitter Stories to Inspire Others
(November 13, 2018) -
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These Des Moines area residents started smoking for various reasons, but are now smokefree and sharing their stories to inspire others to quit smoking.
Tobacco is the leading cause of death for Iowans, taking the lives of more than 5,100 adults each year. Here in Iowa, 16.7 percent of adults smoke. Through Iowa’s #ProudQuitter Campaign, the American Lung Association and the Iowa Department of Public Health provide resources for people who are ready to quit smoking. Many underscore the fact that it is extremely difficult to quit tobacco.
“I felt like I could not get enough nicotine, I kept smoking and smoking and it was making my nerves bad and it was making me very anxious and very impatient and I didn’t even know why. I never knew that the cigarettes caused that until I quit and saw the difference,” said Des Moines resident Cory in his #ProudQuitter video. “It just got to the point that I was just fed up and I had to do something about it.”
Resources Available to Help Iowans Quit
When you are ready, Quitine Iowa is available to help you on your tobacco-free journey.
Quitline Iowa is a free service with a team of coaches trained to safely guide people down the path to success. Quitline Iowa pairs tobacco users with a Quit Coach® to help them develop an individualized quitting plan and determine how to best help them stay tobacco-free. A Quit Coach® also helps by:
- Preparing participants for their quit date
- Providing tips and support to live in a smoke-free environment
- Offering advice and information on medications that may help with withdrawal symptoms
Residents can take advantage of the program by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), or visiting www.quitlineiowa.org to enroll. Registration specialists and Quit Coaches® are available 24 hours a day.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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