Atlanta, Georgia – The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) is challenging Georgia’s 1.4 million cigarette smokers to quit for a day by following the statewide ‘Countdown to Quit’ plan. The ‘Countdown to Quit’ plan is one resource smoker’s can use to help kick the habit.
“Just one day of not smoking can turn into a lifetime, which is the ultimate goal we have for all tobacco users,” Dr. Kimberly Redding, Director of DCH’s Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs. “We understand the obstacles that smokers have to overcome to quit are not easy, which is why we continue to support programs and efforts to assist Georgians with kicking the habit.”
The Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program (GTUPP) is conducting a Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Project in the five health districts with the highest smoking rates in the state: Macon, Rome, Savannah, Waycross and Valdosta. In these health districts, uninsured Georgians are able to receive eight weeks worth of nicotine patches and/or gum.
Adults interested in enrolling in the NRT project should call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP. Those who choose to enroll will receive counseling to set a quit date and cessation therapy supporting their attempt to quit. The NRT program is available on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to the NRT project, other programs supporting tobacco cessation include:
Local tobacco-free schools youth summits advocating for model tobacco-free schools policies by adolescents in the Macon and Albany Health Districts;
The Savannah Health District is preparing citizens and the business community for the January enactment of the smoke-free ordinance which will make all public places smoke-free including bars, restaurants and all worksites;
Rome, Albany and Waycross Health District’s local tobacco prevention and cessation efforts are centered on reducing tobacco use by pregnant women, enforcing the Georgia Smokefree Air Act in worksites, and the promotion of the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line in various worksites; and
The Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) are planning cessation promotions targeting employees and consumers as both agencies have adopted tobacco-free campus policies as of January 1, 2010 in all of their facilities statewide.
For more information on the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program visit our websites: www.livehealthygeorgia.org and click on the link “Be Smokefree” or http://health.state.ga.us/programs/tobacco/index.asp.