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Resolved to quit smoking in 2014? Coaches offer free help.


Tobacco Free Florida and the Miami-Dade Department of Health estimate that 1.9 million Floridians will try to stop smoking in 2014.  If you're one of them, you can get help creating a personalized "quit plan" that increases your chances of success, according to program officials. 

The free support options include the Florida Quitline, Web Coach, and in-person classes through the Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC) network. Since 2007, more than 93,400 Floridians have quit using one of these free services. Studies show nearly two out of three adult smokers would like to take steps toward being tobacco free.

Besides a consult with a certified and trained Quit Coach, you may be able to get free FDA-approved Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) such as the patch or gum, when medically appropriate.  

To access the free services:

Call the University of Miami Area Health Education Center at 305-243-2847 to participate in either:

* A one-time, intensive 2-hour seminar in which participants receive information on how to select and prepare for their own quit date.

* Six-Week IQuit Program, one-hour a week group program that helps educate and assist participants through their quit process (combination of group counseling and nicotine replacement therapy).

Call the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach who will help assess a user’s addiction and help create a personalized quit plan.

Enroll in the Web Coach®, to create a web-based quit plan unique to each individual user, visit https://www.quitnow.net/florida.

Sign up for Quit Smoking Now group classes at your local Area Health Education Center (AHEC) by calling 305-243-2847 or emailingquitsmoking@med.miami.edu.


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For smokers looking to quit, BecomeAnEX.org is a free online quit smoking resource and community. The site is run by Legacy, a public health non-profit based in Washington, DC. It is based on the latest scientific research and input from ex-smokers, and is designed to empower smokers to re-learn life without cigarettes. Approximately 650,000 individuals have joined the site since it was launched in 2008, many of whom find support and information from other smokers and ex-smokers in the online community. BecomeAnEX.org has helped to thousands of smokers connect and support each other through their quitting journey and never look back. Watch this video that shares Cindy's first-hand struggle with tobacco addiction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_PHsWQPEvQ


The very top e-cigarette that made it easier for me to actually stop smoking cigarettes was in fact the eStick.

Patricia Borns

Congratulations! Interested in how you did it if you'd like to share.

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