Smoking Cessation Assistance
We at Carbon County Public Health understand how challenging quitting smoking can be. We our proud to offer a variety of services that support women in their efforts to quit. We provide educational materials related to smoking, offer a variety of referral sources, and provide ongoing guidance and support.
Motivation to Quit
We feel in order to protect your health and the health of your child, it is important to decide to make a change in your smoking habits. It is almost impossible to stay smoke-free unless you have the desire to do so. Motivation comes and goes but it is the reason why you are quitting. Two things motivate; working towards things that we want and moving away from the thing that we don't want.
How We Can Help
At Carbon County Public Health, we can offer a variety of motivational tools and a wide variety of smoking cessation plans. We also can answer any questions you may have and help you find a variety of other ways to manage your stress. It is important for us to be able to help you reach your goals and succeed at a smoke-free life!
Smoking Risks to Pregnant Women
Tobacco smoking in pregnancy remains one of the few preventable risk factors that are associated with complications in pregnancy.
- Fertility problems
- Long term implications for women and children
- Low birth weight
- Placental problems
- Pre-term births
- Spontaneous abortions
Low Birth Weight
Smoking during pregnancy is estimated to account for 20 to 30% of low-birth weight babies, up to 14% of preterm deliveries, and about 10% of all infant deaths according to American Lung Association. - American Pregnancy, 2011
Low birth rate has been associated with coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and being overweight in adulthood. - Lumley, Chamberlain, Dowswell, Oliver, Oakley, and Watson, 2008, page 2
Because of the complications, the affects of tobacco use among TANF eligible women are very costly to American tax payers.
Assistance in Quitting
Many mothers have quit smoking by phone or online! For more information call 1-800-Quit-Now or go online to Quit Net Website! 1-800-QUIT-NOW offers free assistance with:
- 24/7 support
- Expert coaches
- Helping prevent relapse
- Identifying Road Blocks
- Learning quit tips
- Medication guides
- Peer- to - peer support
- Picking a quit date
- Preparing quit strategies
- A quitting calendar
- Quitting guides
- Support efforts
Tobacco Tips to Quit
- Build motivation. Have good reasons to become smoke free. It is almost impossible to stay smoke free unless you have the desire to do so. Motivation comes and goes but it is the reason why you are quitting. Two things motivate, working towards things that we want and moving away from the thing that we don't want.
- List your benefits of quitting¸ personal and relevant to your life. Always state your reason in as something positive.
- List the consequences of continuing to smoke. Things that we do not want, perhaps your worst nightmare.
- Learn why you smoke. Every smoker has different connections to their cigarettes and each cigarette smoked can be for different reasons.
- Set a Quit Date. Choose a date in the not too distant future, preferably within 4 weeks and work up to it.
- Create your own personalized plan to quit smoking.
- Find support
- Change the way you think about smoking.
- Rewarding yourself: After completing a job or task, smoking can feel like a reward at the end.
Normal Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal
These are normal symptoms of nicotine withdrawal:
- Being Angry
- Fatigue - Nicotine is a stimulant and without it, you may feel tired or listless
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Hypersensitivity to smells
- Increased appetite or gaining weight
Your Body will Heal Itself
It is amazing how quickly your body begins to heal itself after you quit smoking!
- After 20 minutes: Blood pressure drops to normal. Pulse rate drops to normal. Body temperature of hands and feet increase to normal.
- After 24 to 48 hours: Chance of heart attack decreases. Nerve endings start to grow again. Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier. Lung capacity increases
- After 1 to 2 weeks: A pregnant woman provides her fetus with nicotine-free blood. Your sense of taste and smell improves. Skin color improves as the circulation to the skin improves.
- After 1 month to 1 year: Your blood circulation improves, your hands and feet feel warmer. Blood platelets become activated and your heartbeat will slow down. Blood pressure will drop. Coughing, wheezing, respiratory infections, bronchitis, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decrease. Cilia reactivate in lungs.
Evidence Based Approach
SBIRT is an Evidence- Based Approach to Reduce Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Use. SBIRT stands for:
- S: Screening
- B: Brief
- I: Intervention
- R: Referral to
- T: Treatment
Review some of the resource available:
- Brief Intervention - Helps increase awareness and insight into risky substance use and motivates patients towards positive change
- Screen - Quick and simple assessment to identify patients who may be at risk for dependence
- Referral to Treatment - Identify individuals in high risk categories needing more extensive treatment and referring them to such treatment
Please contact us at 307-328-2607 at Carbon County Public Health for more information and to schedule your free assessment today.