Thursday, April 25, 2013

BCCS Is Smoke Free!

As you are well aware by now, Brandywine Counseling & Community Services became a smoke free campus on April 1, 2013. This is a big initiative for BCCS that may be difficult for some people to adjust to, but we believe that it will ultimately lead us to becoming a healthier organization.

Quitting smoking in theory seems like an easy decision. Making a choice to increase your health, lifespan, and finances seems like an obvious choice, but breaking a nicotine addiction is a very difficult task.  Know that it is possible, but may not be easy.

To help make quitting a little easier, the state of Delaware has a “Quitline” to help adults in the state who want to quit smoking. DE Residents age 18 and older can call toll-free 1-866-409-1858 to take advantage of this powerful tool that provides assistance and support for smokers who are ready to kick the habit.  Trained tobacco specialists staffing the Quitline will assess your needs and explore your best options.

Services include:
  • Motivational support by phone from a Quitline specialist; or face-to-face counseling by a 
  • trained local counselor.
  • Follow-up support.
  • Quit-smoking guidebook, “You Can Quit Smoking. We’ll Teach You How.”
  • Information about quitting, even if you’re not yet ready to try.
  • For eligible low-income callers, vouchers to purchase stop-smoking aids such as nicotine patches or gum.
This is a great resource for BCCS staff and clients to start a healthier new life, free from dependence on tobacco! I hope that you reach out and take advantage of this valuable service to kick-start becoming a healthier you.

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