The American Lung Association ambassadors for tobacco cessation share best practices and their personal stories in this New Years resolution episode.
With 3 weeks unitl 2023, many are beginning to plan New Year’s resolutions. Among the most popular among Americans, year in and year out, with the resolution to quit a tobacco habit.
It’s far easier said than done; data suggest about 9 in every 10 attempts to quit smoking are eventually failed. Many first-time quitters especially are challenged to navigate new information around treatment plans, counseling, and the various resources and hurdles alike that border the path to cessation.
In the penultimate 2022 episode of Lungcast, a pair of advocates with an experience in cessation help lay the road for millions whose resolution will be to quit smoking next year.
Longtime Washington Post columnist Bob Levey and American Lung Association (ALA) National Senior Director of Tobacco Programs Jennifer Folkenroth, BA, joined the December episode to discuss their personal efforts to reach cessation and their work with ALA’s Super Stoppers Club—which looks to provide a same opportunity to current smokers.
Along the way, they explained the difficulties of cessation, the availability of pharmacology options and group counseling strategies, and societal factors and stigma. Host Albert Rizzo, MD, chief medical officer of the ALA, additionally reviews the historic smoking and lung cancer risk-association research of Ernst Wynder and Evarts Graham in the 1950s.
Lungcast is a monthly respiratory health podcast series from the ALA produced by HCPLive.
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