Eletta Hansen explains some facts about smoking, and discusses where can you turn to for support when quitting smoking
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Host: Where can I turn to for support? Eletta Hansen: Support groups vary community by community. Check with your local hospital. Here at MediCorp, we have a Tobacco Treatment Program, which includes a community support group once a week. Many hospitals offer this service. Many of the products that you use and many of the nicotine replacement products and the labeling will have a 1-800 number that you can call for support. Many of these quit lines are staffed 24x7 by trained tobacco counselors. It's important that you use these services, because remember the craving lasts about three minutes. When you're having the toughest time, it's good to call. Many state health departments have a quit line. Here in Virginia, it's 1-800-QuitNow, again, staffed by trained tobacco counselors who could help you, walk you through the urges and support you as you embark upon your smoke free life. You can also simply look on the Internet. There are number of products out there by the American Heart, the American Lung and the American Cancer Society. The important thing is to find a support group, be it in person, by phone or by email that works for you that can get support.