HELP YOURSELF Resources for Smoking Cessation
Surgeon General David Satcher's report "Reducing Tobacco Use" notes that smoking rates among teens and adults could be cut in half within a decade if the nation were to fully implement anti-smoking programs that are already available. Satcher's report and
The American Cancer Society has information on smoking-related cancers and tips for people seeking to quit as well as those who already have. See www.cancer.org/tobacco. You can also call 800-227-2345 to have information sent to you or to get referrals to support groups in your area.
The American Lung Association provides information on its Web site about quitting smoking, including a fact sheet about nicotine replacement therapy. See www.lungusa.org/tobacco or call 800-586-4872.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers information about smoking and tobacco control on its Web site, including resources about prevention, research, smokeless tobacco and tobacco use among minority groups. See www.cdc.gov/health/smoking.htm.
A four-session stop smoking program called FreshStart, designed by the American Cancer Society, is held regularly at Sibley Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. A new group is scheduled to begin May 24 and will meet Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. through June 14. For more information and to register, call 202-537-4500.
To arrange for an eight-session smoking cessation support group at your workplace for a minimum of 12 participants, contact the American Lung Association of the District of Columbia at 202-682-5864.
For smoking cessation classes in Spanish, contact the Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco at 202-265-8055 extension 16.
For people who have given up smoking and want to stay tobacco-free, Inova HealthSource at 2832 Juniper St. in Fairfax offers the Quitters Club. There is a $5 fee for each session. For more information and the date of the next monthly meeting, call 703-208-5605.
Nicotine Anonymous, a 12-step program for people who want to stop smoking, has a group that meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Northwood Presbyterian Church at 1200 West University Blvd. in Silver Spring. For more information, call 301-871-9682.
The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis provides referrals to hypnotists in your area to help you stop smoking. Call 630-980-4740 for referrals and more information.
For information about using acupuncture to help you stop smoking, contact the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture at 800-521-2262 or see the group's Web site at www.medicalacupuncture.org.
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