Smokers who want to quit can:
- Contact the Shasta County Tobacco Cessation Education at 229-8467 for local resources and class information.
- Set up a free personal cessation plan through the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS.
If you plan to quit smoking here are some steps to help you prepare:
- Pick the date and mark it on your calendar.
- Tell friends and family that you have set a date to quit.
- Get rid of all the cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car and work.
- Decide on a plan. Will you use nicotine replacement therapy or other medicines? Will you attend a stop-smoking class? If so, sign up now.
- Practice saying, “No thank you. I am trying to quit.”
- Set up a support system. Consider a group class, a friend or family member who has successfully quit to help you.
- Ask family and friends who still smoke not to smoke around you and not to leave cigarettes out where you can see them.
- Think back to your past attempts to quit. Try to understand what worked and what did not work for you.
- If you are taking prescription medications, first discuss your plans to quit with your doctor or other health care provider.
In an ongoing effort to promote the health and safety of everyone in Shasta County, HHSA staff is pleased to announce agency campuses will be entirely free of secondhand smoke starting November 16th.
- View full press release here: PR Smoke Free Campus