State health officials say roughly 58% of Florida's smokers tried to quit last year, and most tried to make good on the promise, and many continue to struggle to keep that New Year's resolution.
We've all seen the commercials that encourage smokers to quit, and a large percentage of them seem to choose the New Year as their target to stop.
"New Year's resolutions are huge for people wanting to quit smoking so we always see a huge influx in our classes during the month of January; we're always having to book extra classes to accommodate the need," says Brigitta Nuccio, a Tobacco Treatment Specialist.
In 2009, approximately 58% of Floridians tried to quit smoking. Trying to prevent a relapse, Washington County resident Joan Borton started a month early.
"For me, a New Year's resolution was ‘I'm going to lose weight or I might walk five miles', I can do that kind of stuff. But stopping smoking, that was like asking me to give up a big piece of me," Borton says. Borton has been smoking off and on for the last 20 years. She says it was her daughter that finally gave her the motivation to quit, but it wasn't easy.
"Oh big time, big time, I think I chewed up a pack and a half of nicorette gum just trying to forget and then I’d walk away, walk outside," Borton says. Borton joined Nuccio's free 'Quit Smoking Now' class earlier this month and says it's changed her life.
"I feel more alive now than I have in...Years," Borton says.
"It’s just amazing the testimony to their desire to make this change to their life," Nuccio says. Borton has been smoke free for 4-weeks. She received her certificate of completion from Nuccio Wednesday, Dec. 29. Borton hopes to convince the rest of her family to quit smoking too.
For more information on the free “Quit Smoking Now” class, call 1-87-QUIT-NOW-6