USS Abraham Lincoln Helps Sailors Kick Smoking Habit


Story Number: NNS091020-14Release Date: 10/20/2009 1:05:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robert Robbins, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) recognizes the harm that smoking cigarettes can cause and offers a treatment program to Sailors who are serious about quitting tobacco.

The four-week cessation program provides Sailors the support needed to kick the habit. Health Services Department holds classes every Thursday at 8 a.m., and covers various methods of quitting, offers personalized treatment, and helps establishing a quit date.

"Tobacco use harms almost every organ in the body, and the U.S. suffers 444,000 tobacco-related deaths per year," said 2007's Surgeon General of the Navy Rear Adm. A. M. Robinson, Jr. "Quitting tobacco use is one of the best things you can do to improve health, quality of life and improve military readiness."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2007, tobacco products are the leading cause of preventable death and illness. Tobacco use in the form of smoking alone takes about half a million lives every year.

Some of the harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke include ammonia, which is used as a toilet cleaner, acetone, used in nail polish remover, carbon monoxide, found in car exhaust, formaldehyde, used in embalming fluid, and tar, which 70 percent of which is deposited in smoker's lungs.

Smoking not only harms the body, but the wallet too. As stated by the Defense Department's Health Affairs Office, the Pentagon spent an estimated $1.6 billion in 2006 to cover medical costs and loss of productivity due to tobacco-related illness in the U.S. Additionally, the Defense Department spent another $3.9 million for smoking cessation programs.

"The costs of tobacco use are staggering to the healthcare system and to the individual," said Robinson.

Though the choice to start may be a relatively easy one, the choice to quit may take dedication and determination.

"The person has to want to quit, they have to actually try," said Lincoln's Smoking Cessation Program Coordinator, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (SW) Latoya M. Goldsmith, of Stockton, Calif. "They need to be sure that it's what they want. They need to be committed to it."

Sailors wanting to kick the habit should stop by Health Services for more information. Additionally, outside the command, resources are available to further assist those wanting to live a smoke-free lifestyle.

The National Quitline is 1-800-QUIT-NOW, along with Internet support: www.smokefree.gov and www.ucanquit2.org.

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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