Snuff Out the Smoking Habit

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By Hannah Cline on November 16, 2015

On  average, it takes smokers seven attempts to quit smoking before they finally succeed. It can be an intimidating task, but there are local resources here to help you every step of the way.

“No matter how long you’ve been a smoker, no matter how addicted you are, it is possible to be successful at quitting,” said Edie Naughton, R.N., health educator at Carilion Clinic.

Naughton works with communities and workshop groups to give those who are thinking about quitting or those supporting someone who wants to quit a tool box of understating, tips and tools for helping them in their journey, covering topics that include:

  • Addiction
  • Readiness to change
  • How to deal with withdrawal symptoms 
  • How to overcome stumbling blocks when quitting

Many individuals are aware of the health implications of smoking or using tobacco, but not many people know where to seek out professional help.

Some great national resources include the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, Smokefree.gov and Ex.

An excellent Virginian resource is 1-800-QuitNow, and local to Southwest Virginia are Carilion resources like the Quit Smoking – Quit Today for a Healthy Future booklet or Carilion Community Health Educators like Naughton.  
 
“I am passionate about this cause because if I can help someone believe in their ability to quit and give them the tools to help make that happen, it’s a win for everyone – that person and the children and adults exposed to second- and third-hand smoke – and it helps to ease the health burden on our society,” said Naughton.

Naughton is available to meet with groups upon request. Contact Carilion Clinic Community Outreach at 540-983-4053 to schedule a presentation free of charge or to ask about quit-smoking booklets and educational materials.

If people can try to quit for just one day, they have the power to become a non-smoker,” said Naughton.

Learn about the health benefits, reach out for support and take a step toward a healthier life!