Bayhealth Offers Tobacco Cessation Series


Release by Bayhealth Medical Center

As Delawareans prepare their list of New Year’s resolutions for 2012, quitting cigarettes will once again be a “burning issue.”

One Felton resident has proved it is possible to stop, if you have a support system to help you wean yourself off tobacco. Forty-seven-year-old Vernon Slater had been smoking since he was 15-years-old, inhaling at least two to three packs per day for 32 consecutive years. But, Slater finally went tobacco free in November, 2011, thanks to the support of his family and the professional support offered by Bayhealth Medical Center’s Tobacco Cessation Program.

“I’m not blowing smoke on this. I honestly lost my desire for cigarettes when I started focusing on the impact of the smoke on my wife Doris, my 17-year-old grandson Christopher, and my 14-year-old grandson Colin who all live with me. They all gave me support and the motivation to quit smoking after all these years,” said Slater. “This is for their health and for mine.”

Vernon Slater also credits the support he received from his instructor and from his peers in Bayhealth’s Tobacco Cessation Program, a seven-week series that provides the support and guidance smokers need to stop using tobacco through behavior modification, exercise, diet, stress reduction, and nicotine replacement therapy. In addition, the program focuses on relapse prevention with a long-term plan for success.

“I received regular phone calls and support from (Bayhealth Tobacco Cessation Coordinator Terry Towne, MSN, RN, NE-BC) and her support also made a difference for me,” said Slater, who has several recommendations for those who also wish to quit smoking in the New Year.

• Utilize a family or friend support structure to help you quit.

• Ask your doctor whether a nicotine patch will help wean you from your habit.

• When you get a tobacco craving, substitute this with a positive activity. Vernon Slater says he starts walking and loses his desire for smoking by the time he finishes his walk.

• Get professional help from a tobacco cessation counselor.

The next Tobacco Cessation series will begin in the Bayhealth Education Building at 208 West Water Street in Dover, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on January 10, 2012 and will be held each Tuesday evening for six additional weeks. The program is FREE, but you must pre-register by calling 1-877-453-7107. For any questions specific to the program, please contact Bayhealth Tobacco Cessation Coordinator, Terry Towne, MSN, RN, NE-BC at (302) 744-6724.