It was a wake-up call for Michael Yahner when his doctor told him he had high blood pressure and might need medication. “I thought, this is nuts. I have high blood pressure, and I’m still smoking. I knew it was time to quit,” says Yahner.
Yahner had smoked for 20 years and quit for nine, but then started smoking again after his nephew and niece both lost their lives under tragic circumstances.
“Here I’d lost two young people in my family, and I wasn’t honoring my own life,” he says. After his doctor warned him about his blood pressure, Yahner enrolled in the six-session Freedom From Tobacco Series at our Point West Medical Offices.
“The people in the class were all so different,” he says, “from the Type A personality to the laid-back hippie dude. It was fascinating that we could all be successful when we were so different. Our facilitator did a lovely job.” Yahner, now 53, has been free from tobacco almost two years.
Tips for success
Evidence shows that smokers who enroll in a quit-smoking program and combine a program with medications (such as the nicotine patch or bupropion) are the most successful. After one year, our own research shows that about 28 percent of participants in the six-session Freedom From Tobacco Series stay tobacco-free. There are no fees for any of our quit-smoking programs.
“We offer many proven ways to help you quit smoking,” says Renee Nelson, MD, chief of Health Education for the Roseville and Sacramento areas. “No matter how long you’ve smoked, it’s never too late to quit.”Ready to quit? Start here:
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