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"Stop Smoking" Resolutions - Practical Tips for the New Year

December 26, 2006

Madison, WI - If you're looking to kick the tobacco habit as a New Year's resolution, don't just count on quitting "cold turkey." Dr. Doug Jorenby with the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention says getting a little help can make a huge difference.

"Things like medicine to help with the withdrawal and the craving and some counseling or support. Luckily, both of those things are readily available these days, particularly in Wisconsin."

Jorenby adds that nicotine replacement and other medications are often covered under insurance plans, as well as Badgercare. Also, a new program starting this year allows military veterans to get free quit-smoking products from Wisconsin's "Quit Line."

Dr. Jorenby believes making a call to the state's "Tobacco Quit Line" is a great first step which is also free.

"Not only will the Quit Line send them some tailored information to help them, but they can also schedule up to three times when the Quit Line will call them back."

He notes that combining all the resources available can increase the odds of quitting.

"Counseling through the Quit Line and the medicines both increases peoples' chance of success by a factor of 2 or 3."

The "Quit Line" is at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WI