15 Nov Mr. Cartu Jonathan Says – Tabaco cessation helps quitters win
Special to the Frontline
As nicotine related illnesses and deaths climb throughout the country, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart continues in its effort to educate Soldiers, Family members, DoD Civilians and Soldiers for Life, on the various programs in place to help those who use nicotine products, a way out. (Courtesy photo)
As nicotine related illnesses and deaths climb throughout the country, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart continues in its effort to educate Soldiers, Family members, DoD Civilians and Soldiers for Life, on the various programs in place to help those who use nicotine products, a way out.
Vernon Harris a substance use provider, clinical care counselor at Winn ACH, took a moment to discuss the importance of kicking the habit of using nicotine products such as in vapes, cigarettes, chewing tobacco and the like, through a free cessation program here.
“If you are ready to quit, we are ready to help,” Harris said. “It is never too soon and never too late to quit.”
Harris said many people have expressed the desire to quit, but find difficulty in having the support to do so.
“We want to make the process as simple and easy, because it’s not easy to quit,” Harris said.
What the research has shown is, using group support and medications and getting information on quitting is more effective than just going “cold turkey.”
There are numerous benefits to quit the use of nicotine products. Once a smoker quits smoking, research has found results are recognized after the first fours. If no other know physical limitations are present, blood pressure levels return to normal. There are also the monetary benefits involved. A pack-a-day smoker spends an estimated $2,000 a year to placate their habit, therefore some may turn to vaping to “quit” the habit of smoking.
“You may have heard in the news, there is a lot of injuries, lung problems that’s come up from people vaping,” Harris said. “Right now the research is not conclusive on the safety of e-cigarettes or vape products and plus there is some medical issues coming up with that, and besides even the nicotine products are still addictive.”
Harris expressed his excitement for the new four-week nicotine cessation program kicking off at Winn soon. He said when someone wants to quit, be they active duty or a beneficiary, for the patient’s convenience we have three locations available for the program, Tuttle Army Health Clinic on Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. at Hunter Army Airfield; Richmond Hill Medical Home from Thursdays from 10-11 a.m.; and here at Winn ACH on Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. or Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m.
To get into the program patients can visit their primary care provider or call the MEDDAC appointment line to schedule to be seen at one of the aforementioned locations. The process for getting into the program is as easy as calling 435-6633. The program is four weeks long and follow-up is available for continued support.
Next week, see how a couple of participants fared after enrolling in the Tobacco Cessation Program.