‘UC Quits’ Working to Help California Smokers Get Rid Of Smoking
As New Year is approaching, people have already started to make new resolution for a new start. Quit smoking is among some of the top ranking New Year resolutions, but it is also known how difficult it is for smokers to quit smoking. Under a new initiative, a UC Davis doctor is motivating California smokers to quit smoking.
The program UC Quits will connect patients across the state with a smoking-cessation program. Buster Halcomb, 66, one of those patients said he first tasted tobacco when he was at the age of seven. But now, Halcomb who has a chronic cough is fighting hard to quit his lifelong habit. His new granddaughter is his inspiration, he said.
Halcomb shared that through the program he got an e-referral to the California Smokers’ Helpline. The helpline provides free telephonic counseling and other support to Californians trying to quit smoking.
The program was launched in 2013 by Dr. Elisa Tong, a UC Davis associate professor of medicine. The UC Quits e-referral program is specifically designed to easily enable doctors in any clinical setting to connect with patients via electronic medical records with the Smokers’ Helpline.
The program which is funded by a $541,000 grant has now collaborated with five UC medical school campuses: Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
According to a 2014 US surgeon general’s report, UC efforts have helped to drop the rate of smoking in US. The program helped to decline the smoking from 42% of adults in 1965 to 18% in 2012.
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