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"I do want to live healthfully, into old age."

Quitline Episode 1:  Deciding to Quit

Theme: Smoking
Air Date: 9/26/05
Producer: Janaki LeFils
Description: Kim decides she wants to quit smoking with the help of the Colorado Quitline, which offers free phone counseling.


Host Intro: In Colorado the number one killer remains cigarettes. It's widely known how difficult it is to quit smoking.  KGNU has partnered with the free telephone counseling service, Colorado Quitline, to show you one of the most effective tools for breaking addiction to cigarettes.  KGNU'S Janaki LeFils is following a Boulder woman named Kim through her real-life struggle to kick the habit.  WILL KIM MAKE IT?  Listen in to this six-part radio saga, starting with now, with "Episode 1"

Groups Featured in this report include: Colorado Quitline, 1-800-639-7848,
Boulder County Tobacco Education & Prevention, 303-413-7567,

Also in this Saga

Quitline Episode 2: Quit Day With the help of Quitline counselor Diego DeSantiago, Kim decides to spend a week tapering down the number of cigarettes she's been smoking, and reaches Quit Day.
Quitline Episode 3: Five Days after Quit Day Quitline counselor Diego gives Kim many pointers about what to expect and how to cope with withdrawal symptoms. Still, Kim struggles, five days after "Quit Date."
Quitline Episode 4: Seven Days After Quit Day Seven days after her official "Quit Date," things are looking up for Kim, but as Quitline counselor Diego DeSantiago has warned, there are still many "triggers."
Quitline Episode 5: Kim and Diego's Final Session It's been nearly three months since Kim decided to quit smoking with the help of Quitline Counsellor Diego DiSantiago. Has it worked? Did she kick the habit?
Quitline Episode 6: Hour Long Call In Show Find out more about Quitting resources in this hour-long call-in show, which begins with Kim and Diego's final session and also features listener callers and health experts.

Full Text:

[musical introduction]
Narrator: When you quit smoking, it helps to be in touch which why you want to quit. Kim has clear-cut reasons, her health being at the top of the list. She tells us about how she started to smoke and how it?s come to mean so much to her in her life.

Kim: OK. I?m preparing to start the process of quitting smoking. The reason this is very important to me is that I do want to live healthfully into old age. I come from a long line of smokers. I took up smoking, as they say, on a whim, just starting with one cigarette in an evening with a friend. And because that friend lived with me, I ended up bumming cigarettes more and more regularly until the day that I finally went and bought my first pack. I felt that I was doing something illegal and that I should be arrested for it because I had never been a smoker, and it always felt like something that was naughty and illegal and forbidden, even though I was surrounded by smokers most of my life. I remember buying that first pack of cigarettes and thinking, ?Oh, this is (pause)?I?m kind of a grown-up, and I?m going to smoke, and I?m going to smoke out loud. People are going to see me.? It was somewhat of a statement. I remember thinking, ?Well, I?m only smoking three cigarettes a day,? after the initial one cigarette every now and then, and then, a year-plus later, it was up to five cigarettes a day, and then eight cigarettes a day. Currently I?m smoking about ten cigarettes a day. When you get into the ?pack versus half-pack? description, that sounds like way too many cigarettes.

Narrator: As Kim says, once you start smoking, the addictive qualities in the cigarettes cause you almost inevitably to smoke more. One of the most successful programs to help quit the habit is the Quitline, managed in Colorado by National Jewish Hospital and funded by the tobacco settlement. Telephone counselors are available to those who want to quit. Diego de Santiago is one of those counselors, and he tells us how the program can help.

Diego: We provide counseling. It?s over the phone. And we also offer literature to help people quit smoking. The toll-free number is for Colorado residents. It?s 1-800-784-8669. A quick way to remember it is 1-800-QUITNOW. That?s basically five counseling success. However, if a client wants more calls, we?re more than happy to provide as many calls as needed. Counselors will look at associations they have with tobacco, give them a lot of quit tips, and pretty much walk them through the quitting process by letting them know how to cut down, things they can do to counter withdrawal symptoms and cravings, medication available, how to use the medication. We?re here Monday through Friday 7 a.m. till 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 till 4:30 in the afternoon. They can call in as many times as needed also.

Kim: I?m really looking forward to this opportunity. I?ve had a brochure for the Quitline, by my bed for the last five months. It has sat on my bedside table. I?ve considered calling on numerous occasions. So it is time to make the call and start figuring out a plan of action so that I can be successful this time.
Narrator: Tomorrow we?ll hear Kim?s intake with Quitline telephone counselor Diego de Santiago. He?ll make a plan with her to taper off before she actually quits. She seems pretty motivated to begin the process. We wonder if her enthusiasm will hold. Tune in on KGNU.

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[Transcription prepared by Sandy Adler, Adler Enterprises LLC, Lafayette, Colorado]


For more information about the Colorado Quitline, call 1 800 QUIT NOW,  or 1-800-639-7848) or check out the website by putting Colorado Quitline into your web browser.  The Quitline phone counseling services tend to be even more effective when used in conjunction with other smoking cessation programs, such as classes, available through your county health department.  For instance,in Boulder County where Kim is a resident, you can
check out  On Friday, we'll have a morning call-in show to share even more resources for quitting.

This program is made possible through Sound Partners for Community Health, a project of the Benton Foundation, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.