Resolve Now to Quit Smoking (Even if You Don't Want To)

Northwestern Medicine
Health and Wellness January 13, 2015
Carol Southard, RN, MSN, tobacco cessation treatment specialistYou made your new year’s resolution to finally quit smoking but you’re still lighting up.

Every cold day when you are outside smoking reminds you of why you should quit — but you just can’t seem to stop on your own.

Enter Carol Southard, RN, MSN, Northwestern Medicine’s tobacco cessation treatment specialist for more than 29 years, who is here to tell you to stop beating yourself up.

“The new year is a great time to make a promise to break this habit,” said Southard, the recent recipient of a $5,000 CVS Community Health Grant, part of a CVS initiative to help those who need smoking cessation services but may not be able to afford them. Southard said the funds will pay for 20 people to participate in her program through Northwestern’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

Stop smoking sign“Come to our program at Northwestern, get help and quit even if you don’t want to,” Southard said. “A lot of smokers are ambivalent about quitting, and that’s okay. Most smokers don’t quit on their first attempt, and that’s okay too. My message for the new year is please know you don’t have to try to quit alone.”  

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — a bit under 1 in every 5 adults, according to the American Cancer Society. 

To make an appointment with Southard, call (312) 926-2069.
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