A national online opinion poll shows 34 percent of smokers over the age of 18 plan to quit in 2013. That’s twice the number of people who resolved to quit in 2012.
The nationwide poll was conducted by a group called Legacy - a national tobacco education foundation - and was partly funded by Pfizer. Poll respondents say the increasing costs of cigarettes and concerns about health are the main reasons they want to quit.
In Humboldt County, those who attend the American Cancer Society free quit classes have an 80 percent success rate, according to Lou Moerner, one of the teachers of the classes.
"We work to tailor individual plans for each person who wants to quit," Moerner said. "The individualized plans increase the likelihood of success."
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Tobacco Free Humboldt Program is encouraging more residents to attend the classes. Health Education specialist Jay McCubbrey says there are a lot of resources available for smokers who want to give up the habit.
"You’ll not only be healthier, you’ll save money and you’re setting a good example for others who want to quit," McCubbrey said.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) classes are free. They are held the every third Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the ACS office, 2924 F St., Eureka. Call 442-1436, option 3, to sign up. Drop-ins are welcome.
Free quit kits are available at the College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State student health centers, Open Door Health Clinics, the Humboldt County Public Health office and the ACS office.
Ongoing group support is available through Nic-Anon. Meetings are held every Monday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the ACS office and other meetings can be found at http://www.nicotine-anonymous.org.