Friday, May 30, 2014

Oh, patents! Quitlines

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann


Ok, this is it.  Ready or not,  tomorrow is May 31, 2014 UN World No Tobacco Day!


Just to complete the tour of patented smoking cessation treatments reviewed in this blog, here are a few quitlines and programs to support your decision to quit, and to help you handle all the psychological aspects of smoking cessation.

  • The NIH - National Cancer Institute's 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)
  • The American Cancer Society's Quitline at 800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345)
  • The American Lung Association Lung Helpline offers services in 150 languages, 7/7 from 8 am to 12 pm, 1-800-LUNGUSA or 1800-586-4872
  •  CDC – Centers for disease control - TIPS from former smokers – I am ready to quit now!
  •  smokEnders: addresses the psychological aspects of smoking cessation with “no scare tactics, no pharmaceuticals, no gums no patches, no shock therapy, no herbal concoctions”, at small cost.
  • Nicotine Anonymous – A 12-step, one day at a time program mapped onto AA – Alcohol Anonymous
  • The Five Day Plan (McFarland & Folkenbeg, 1964)  of the Seventh Day Adventists Church. This is the first, and oldest, smoking cessation program in the US. Here is a link to the Online individual 5 day plan, (yes, just 5 days):

There are no patents associated with Quitlines… but all of these programs and services are purported to greatly augment your chances of success and to provide best results when associated with treatments such NRTs (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) and/or medication, which are very patented, as you may have discovered in previous posts to this blog.
Good luck in your resolve!
Remember, if at first you don’t succeed, then try again. 
And as President Obama is fond saying: "Yes you can".


MedinePlusStop smoking support programs
McFarland, W.J. & E.J. Folkenberg (1964) The five day program to help individuals stop smoking: A preliminary report. Conn Med, 1964, Dec. 28:885-90. 
Kerkvliet, J.L and N.L. Fahrenwald (2014) Tobacco quitline outcomes by service. SD Med, 67(1)25-9. 

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