Commit-To-Quit with CRMC's Free Smoking Cessation Program


Tuesday, January 31, our Respiratory Care Department kicks off their annual FREE, “Commit-to-Quit” program, designed to help smokers end their nicotine addiction. This 6 week program is led by Registered Respiratory Therapist Carrie Whitney and focuses on helping smokers become “Tobacco Free for Life” through lifestyle changes. Stressing evidence-based medicine and well-researched best practices, this course encourages understanding of the disease process, addiction “triggers” and the proper use of therapeutic treatments.

Tobacco use remains the single largest, most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States. Cigarette smoking is the cause of more than 480,000 (1 in 5) deaths per year, including the more than 41,000 just from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about 1,300 deaths every day. According to Seven Valleys Health Coalition’s 2016 health and wellness report card for Cortland County, 21.5% of the County’s residents are daily smokers. In the past decade the County’s smoking rate has not changed and remains above the national average of 19%.

Bill Bilka, Director of Respiratory Care, stressed that the major key to the program’s proven success is “…. not to give up because of past failures. Most smokers will have a relapse and end up smoking a cigarette. Many smokers have failed their first 5 or 6 times when trying to quit. Deciding to quit is the hardest first step.”  Bilka recommends that participants attend all 6 sessions to see results, “We see around a 40-50% success rate for the participants that come to all of the classes.”

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend each of the 6 sessions to improve their chance of becoming tobacco free. Throughout the six weeks, they will also receive FREE nicotine replacement therapy supplies.

The Commit-to-Quit program is FREE and open to anyone in Cortland County.

Location: Cortland Regional, 2nd floor, 2B Meeting Room
Dates: Tuesday, January 31 to March 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

To register or for more information, please call Respiratory Care at (607) 756 3807 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.,  Monday through Friday, or call Bill Bilka, Respiratory Therapy Director, at (607) 756-3810.