Quit Tobacco for Good This Father’s Day
FREE Services Available Through the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline
OKLAHOMA CITY – June 5, 2018 – When it comes to family, fathers have an enormous impact on the lives of their children. This Father’s Day, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline encourages fathers to consider quitting tobacco for good.
TSET Executive Director John Woods is well acquainted with the services offered by the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. Woods has been tobacco free since 2006, and decided to quit tobacco after he realized the negative impact smoking had on his three children.
“Children from families who smoke are twice as likely to become smokers themselves,” Woods said. “A large part in my decision to quit was my role as a father and the influence I have on my family. I want to set the best example for my children, and the only way to achieve that is to stay tobacco free.”
To assist Oklahomans on their quitting journey, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline connects registered users with specially trained Quit Coaches who provide non-judgmental support and help build customized Quit Plans. The Helpline knows that no two people approach quitting the same way. The program’s customized Quit Plans help Oklahomans quit on their own terms. FREE text and email support and free patches, gum or lozenges are available for Oklahoma tobacco users interested in quitting at 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) and OKhelpline.com.
“My wife, step-son and two daughters motivate me to stay tobacco free,” said Woods. “The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline helped me realize how important quitting was for me and my family. Quitting tobacco has improved my life, and the lives of those around me.”
Modelling dangerous behaviors aren’t the only risks associated with parental smoking. Often, children are exposed to secondhand smoke, a dangerous substance. Infants and young children are especially vulnerable to secondhand smoke, as their bodies and lungs have not yet fully developed. Exposure to secondhand smoke can lead to ear infections, asthma attacks, bronchitis, pneumonia, low birth weight and more.
While using tobacco often affects all family members exposed to it, quitting tobacco can also involve the whole family. About 40 percent of people who have quit tobacco say that support from loved ones was a major factor in their success. Family and friends are encouraged to visit the “Help Someone Quit” page at OKhelpline.com for tips and advice to help loved ones quit tobacco.
“The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline offers personalized help and resources to match individual needs,” said Paola Klein, Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline coordinator. “This Father’s Day, think about calling the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline for the tools you need to provide a healthier, happier life for yourself and your family.”
For more information, contact:
Julie Bisbee, Director of Public Information and Outreach
(405) 521-4992 (office)
(405) 301-3693 (cell)
Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit OKhelpline.com to explore all the free services and resources available to Oklahomans. Connect with the Helpline through social media by liking the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline on Facebook or following @OKhelpline on Twitter and Instagram.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a FREE service for Oklahomans wanting to quit tobacco. Funding is primarily provided by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Employees Group Insurance Division and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline has served more than 365,000 Oklahomans since 2003 and was ranked the top quitline for reaching tobacco users seeking treatment in FY2013 by the North American Quitline Consortium.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to: www.ok.gov/tset.