Put “New Year, New Me” into practice and consider quitting tobacco use for your New Year’s resolution. The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is one resource that can help. Another is Courage to Quit, a seven-week program that gives you the tools and techniques to overcome nicotine addiction.
Counseling and nicotine replacement therapy can quadruple the chances of quitting smoking. The Quitline is a resource for both. All enrollees get a personal quit coach and can qualify for four weeks free NRT. Combine that with Courage to Quit and the chance of success is even higher! Both services are provided at no cost.
You’ll notice benefits to quitting right away and they aren’t all about your health. After your last cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure drop, teeth and fingernails stop yellowing, breath, hair and clothes smell better, food tastes better, and you’ll save the money you were spending on tobacco. Quitting lowers your risk of lung disease, diabetes and several types of cancer, while adding years to your life.
Call 1-800-Quit Now to enroll in the Quitline. To learn more about Courage to Quit, call 574-335-4699.
Tobacco education coordinator, Smoke Free St. Joe
In a well- functioning democracy, the voters choose their representatives, not the other way around. The effort by the Republican members of the St. Joseph County Commission and County Council to draw districts favorable to their own power is nothing less than an effort to erode our democracy on the local level.
By slicing and dicing our county into a jigsaw puzzle of voter oppression, neighbors are losing their right to elect representatives who advocate for their views. This effort is diminishing the rights of many to protect the power of a few. The Republican commissioners and council drowning out voices of some to promote their own power is wrong. They do not deserve the trust the public has given them. In 2022, voters who believe in democracy should make that clear at the ballot box.
"It's the economy stupid!"
The last employment report exhibited there were 200,000 fewer workers added than expected.
This is President Biden's riddle to solve. How will he be able to continue his mandates of employees getting "jabbed" or losing their jobs?
In November 2021, 4.5 million workers quit their employment.
Anthony M. Oliva
To Sen. Mike Braun and Rep. Jackie Walorski:
Do you support former President Donald Trump and the "Big Lie"?
This article originally appeared on South Bend Tribune: Quitting tobacco lowers risk of lung disease and adds year to your life