Monday, November 23, 2015

We All Need a Helping Hand From Time to Time

Research shows that quitting with a support structure can increase success by 50%! There are many ways to gain support. My personal quit plan, the one that stuck, was in the mid-90's. I had been a long-time user, of about 1/2 pack per day. I decided to taper down with that pack, and be done.

Where is the support there? Well, I gave my pack to a family member, and asked that I be given a cigarette whenever I requested one, until the pack was gone. This engaged them, full time. If I wavered or lost my resolve, it would affect the other person as well as me. I did not disappoint.

If this plan appeals to you, I encourage you to proceed. If you prefer to work your plan within a structured program, a good source of support is Penn State Extension's Freedom From Smoking, in Pike and Wayne Counties. The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking meets 7 times for $40;
week 1 - intake/orientation
week 2 - planning to quit
week 3 - quit day
24 hours later - support ("how ya doing in there?" Most say that they're doing amazingly well!)
week 4, 5 & 6 - support
Does that seems like a lot of meetings? Well, quitting is tricky business. Sometimes it takes more than 1 try. If you feel the urge to clean up your act, (I mean no disrespect) contact me here, or here: Together, we will make a plan to suit your lifestyle and needs.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Support Helps When Quitting

Support Helps When Quitting

Does someone you love use tobacco? It can be a touchy subject. A well-timed word or event can get the ball rolling.
 Try one of the following:
  1. Talk about it. Say, “I’m worried about your coughing. I love you and I want you to be healthy.”
  2. Explain the dangers of second-hand and third-hand smoke on others, especially children and pets. Ask them to light up outside.
  3. Remind them of how well they did during their last quit attempt. Tell them that it usually takes more than one try to make it stick.
  4. Leave mints on their pillow with a note that says, “Smoking stinks.”
  5. Keep track of illnesses and show them your records the next time they get sick.
  6. Buy whitening toothpaste.
  7. Offer gum when you see them smoke.
  8. Include a card in their lunch, reminding them of how much you care and are worried.
  9. Make a joke to start a conversation about quitting. Example: "The tobacco industry reports that it provides jobs for 57,000 Americans. This does not include physicians, X-ray technicians, nurses, hospital employees, firefighters, dry cleaners, respiratory specialists, pharmacists, morticians, and gravediggers."
  10. Calculate the amount of money they spend on cigarettes. Make a list of other ways the money could be used. 
  11. Make a Top 10 Wish List of the things you want this year. Start with "See you quit smoking."
  12. Finally, when you or your loved one is ready, visit Penn State Extension in Pike County, 514 Broad Street, Milford PA, or call (570) 296-3400, for counseling & support.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tobacco Treatment for ALL at Penn State Extension Pike & Wayne Counties!

Which consumer product contains 7,000 chemicals, many of which are poisonous, and at least 50 are known to cause cancer? Did you guess cigarettes? Then, you are correct!
This legally sold product harms by causing disease and death. In the United States, cigarettes are responsible for one in every five deaths annually.
Many people have quit tobacco. You can too! We can help! A support program can increase your chance of success by 50%!
The tobacco treatment program at Penn State Extension Pike and Wayne Counties offers support and counseling.
Meet face-to-face, by phone & email, for $40 - a carton cost much more!
Quitting tobacco is the # 1, biggest health improvement you can make.
Register now, call 570-296-3400 or email

Monday, March 16, 2015

Quitting is Hard - We Can Help

Are you ready to make a quit plan? Do you light each cigarette with guilt-free abandon, or do you feel a twinge of disrespect for your body with each draw? You needn't answer, but your feelings are important with regards to readiness.

If your answer steers you to make a quit plan, the next step is sometimes the hardest. It can be nice to have help. A Freedom From Smoking program is a phone call away.

Freedom From Smoking offers step-by-step support to help prepare for the big event -
QUIT Day! From there, meetings are geared to teach coping techniques and life-style changes. Let's face it, quitting is hard. We can help.

Freedom From Smoking - Penn State Extension in Pike County
8 classes $40 - Ask about incentives
Contact Penn State Extension Pike County, 514 Broad St., PA. (570) 296-3400.

Friday, February 13, 2015

~ Better Late Than Never ~

If you are discouraged to come to the Freedom From Smoking (FFS) tobacco treatment program ~ I encourage you to try. Late comers will not be penalized ~ on the contrary, they may join at a slight discount. Incentives may not apply, but that is of small consequence when you consider the great benefit of belonging to a terrific quit group! Are you up for the challenge? Your next quit attempt should be with a great FFS support group. For details, see previous post on the Pike County Tobacco-Free Coalition *QUIT BLOG

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Freedom From Smoking Program Schedule

Good News, Tobacco users! Freedom From Smoking is back! Contact Penn State Extension, 514 Broad St., Milford, PA. Sign up for 8 motivating 8 classes today. Call 570-296-3400 or email, to get started. The cost is $40 for 8 classes. Ask about incentives. Sign up now!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Support from Beyond

Deborah, Like I have mentioned in the past my mother's twin sister died of cancer of the throat due to smoking. I like to remember my Aunt as being healthy and full of life. Not having a care of what other people thought of her. For instance when she lost her hair through chemo she had on a wig. One day we were out and it was really hot so for her to cool off she took off her wig. People were staring as if they never saw someone who was battling cancer and I remember telling one person, "take a picture it'll last longer". I have great memories of my Aunt even though she died in a horrific way due to smoking. She passed in July of 1997 and I will forever have memories of her cancer battle from smoking. So what did I do to honor her memory but start to smoke! It's just so stupid that after seeing what she went through that I would pick up a cigarette! But shamefully I did. I don't know if my dream that I had of her the other night was due to my patch or was it a sign from beyond the grave but I have to share it. I like to think of it as a sign. In the dream I was with my cousin, her daughter who smokes when she drinks. In the dream my cousin had a cigarette and offered me one and I declined saying I quit. Then suddenly my Aunt appeared, healthy the way I like to remember her without the hole in her throat. My Aunt turned to my cousin and said, "dear daughter have you learned from me at all? Your cousin (meaning me) has and that's why I support her as she's quitting". I woke up from the dream very happy and full of even more willpower than I previously had. Every time I'm tempted I just think of the dream and how I don't want to let her down by smoking again. Every time I want to light up the painful memory of her horrible death of the cancer eating away at her comes back and I refrain from lighting up. I think that dream was meant to remind me of what awaits for me if I continue to smoke. Like I said I don't know if it's from the patch giving me vivid dreams or if it was a message from beyond. All I know is that I have a renewed sense of quitting since that dream and it's given me even more strength to quit and keep on the quitting path. Angie