RICHMOND (WRIC)—Just two weeks into 2014, many smokers who resolved to quit in the New Year are still struggling with their addiction. But a new program offers resources to help them quit once and for all.
Margie Adcock teaches seventh-grade math at Carver Middle School in Chester. Now, six years after officially kicking the habit, she says she—not nicotine—controls her life in and out of the classroom.
"That was what was so hard is, all day you would worry about when was I going to get out and where was I going to go to get that cigarette in?" she said. "[Now] I don't have those worries."
Adcock is helping the American Lung Association and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield spread the word about their campaign called "Quitter in You." The program offers cessation counseling, medication and other support to smokers in the Richmond region.
Dr. John Michos, the medical director of Anthem Virginia, says there are 1.5 million smokers in Virginia who are battling psychological and physiological addictions.
"Tobacco rates are higher in the Richmond area, and diseases associated with tobacco abuse or diseases that are worsened by tobacco, such as asthma, are very prevalent," Michos said. "Attempting to treat both those aspects of the disease is critically important."
Former smokers like Adcock have been there. Now that she's won her fight, she's a champion for programs like "Quitter in You," and shares lessons with her students that she learned the hard way.
"It is a struggle, and it was something that I overcame," Adcock said. "But I do tell ‘em it's the only thing that they can be proud of actually quitting."
All "Quitter in You" programs are free and now offered throughout Central Virginia.
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