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Mary Ella’s Weekly Message
June 11, 2010
Quitting Smoking with the Lung HelpLine
One of the many services that are offered by the American Lung Association is our Lung HelpLine, and it could be useful to you as you quit smoking. The Lung HelpLine is staffed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists and smoking cessation experts, it’s free of charge, and it’s available from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
When you call 1-800-548-8252, you can expect:
- A pleasant voice at the other end of the phone; a connection with someone that is genuinely interested in talking with you. Your call will not be rushed, and there is no limit to the number of times that you can call.
- To talk with a registered nurse, registered respiratory therapist or smoking cessation expert. Our Lung HelpLine staff is familiar with lung diseases linked to tobacco use. All of them are familiar with the Freedom From Smoking® program.
- Our staff to ask you some questions. They will want to help you determine your readiness to quit, how you have tried to quit in the past and how that worked.
- If you have a plan to quit, our staff will talk about it with you. If you don’t have a plan, then they will talk you through creating one.
- Depending on where you live, staff may refer you to local community programs that may give you additional help.
- Information will be either e-mailed or mailed to you.
So, if you are experiencing an urge curve and your buddy can’t be found, you’re not near a computer to log on to the program and you need an understanding ear, call the Lung HelpLine.
If you don’t know which medication might be best for you—the patch, gum, nicotine inhaler, etc., call the Lung HelpLine.
If you’re having some of the symptoms of recovery and you aren’t sure if this is normal, call the Lung HelpLine.
If you have worked on your plan, but you feel “stuck” and unsure of it, call the Lung HelpLine.
If you have a lung disease and want more information about what might be available to you in your community, call the Lung HelpLine.
Our Lung HelpLine is there for you. Our experts are waiting to help and it won’t cost you a thing. Just call 1-800-548-8252. After you call, write about your experience on the Message Boards or your blog. Let others know how helpful it was for you.
If you’re quitting this week, remember to fit in an extra 10 minutes to take a walk every day. Treat yourself to some extra rest by going to bed an extra 15 minutes early for the next couple of weeks. Those extra winks can help you cope better with recovery symptoms.
I’ll see you on the Message Boards! :-) Mary Ella
Don’t forget: If you’re in the Premium program and want help fast on the Message Boards, put “HELP NOW” in the subject line of your post. If you’re looking to offer help, watch for those, “HELP NOW” posts and alert your other FFS Online buddies friends to offer some assistance as well.