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As Father’s Day fast approaches, have you thought about quitting smoking? Or are you thinking about helping someone you care about quit smoking? Two things that have been found to improve the likelihood of quitting are: 1) setting a quit date and 2) getting help from a quit coach.
Set a quit date and make quit attempts
Research has shown that smokers who set a quit date are more likely to make a quit attempt than those without a quit date. According to Dr. Shu-Hong Zhu, Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, “The more you try to quit smoking, the closer to success, so that you and your family and friends can share health and happiness!”
The ASQ encourages fathers to set a quit date to start the process of quitting, for their own health and wellness and that of their family. Father’s Day would be a great day to quit!
Quitting with help
According to Dr. J. Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, research over the past 25 years has shown that for people who try to quit smoking by cold turkey, only about three to five percent will succeed for longer than six months,. In other words, while some people can quit this way, at least 95 percent of people will not.
To increase your chance of quitting, consider talking to and getting support from a quit coach. Furthermore, combining smoking cessation coaching and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), like the nicotine patches, will increase the chances of quitting smoking for good.
ASQ has been funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2012. ASQ provides FREE evidence-based quit smoking services in Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese to over 19,000 individuals in the U.S. and eligible tobacco users can receive a free two-week supply of nicotine patches. Studies have shown that smokers who enroll in ASQ services double their chances of quitting successfully.
The counseling service is a one-on-one telephone counseling provided by a professional quit coach who speaks Cantonese/Mandarin, Korean or Vietnamese and assists clients in developing a personal smoking cessation plan. ASQ operates Monday through Friday, 7am to 9pm Pacific Time (10am – Midnight Eastern Time). All the information and conversation are kept confidential.
Besides calling the ASQ, tobacco users can text one of these key phrases: 戒煙/戒烟/금연/Bỏ hút thuốc to 66819 to receive Chinese, Korean, or Vietnamese texts each day during the first vital weeks of quitting from the ASQ. The messages are tailored to help at critical points along the way, including practical tips for quitting and for staying quit. You can also text questions and an advisor will respond to your message accordingly. (Opt out at any time by texting STOP to 66819. Your phone carrier’s message rates may apply.)
You can also sign up online and reading materials will be emailed to you after the registration. The quit advisors will also contact you to see if you are eligible for a free two-week supply of nicotine patches after completing the online enrollment with us.
We encourage smokers to set Father’s Day as the day to quit smoking and we welcome anyone to accompany fathers, grandpas, or anyone to call the ASQ to seek the quitting advice from us!
About Asian Smokers’ Quitline (ASQ):
ASQ is operated by the Asian Smokers’ Quitline (ASQ) and funded by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ASQ provides FREE evidence-based smoking cessation services in Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese to Asian communities in the U.S. and eligible smokers can receive a free two-week supply of nicotine patches. Studies have shown that smokers who enroll in ASQ services double their chances of quitting successfully.
ASQ opens Monday through Friday, 7am to 9pm Pacific Time (10am – Midnight Eastern Time). To enroll, call or register online today!
- Mandarin & Cantonese 1-800-838-8917 www.asq-chinese.org
- Korean 1-800-556-5564 www.asq-korean.org
- Vietnamese 1-800-778-8440 www.asq-viet.org
To learn more about ASQ, visit www.asiansmokersquitline.org/