Smoking Cessation

April is Tobacco cessation month at Terros Health.

Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), life expectancy for smokers is 10 years shorter than life expectancy for non-smokers?

From Left to Right: Leticia Morales and Huguette Kalongo, FNP

Aware of this fact, Leticia Morales, one of our primary care patients, decided to no longer contribute to the more than $1 million spent on marketing tobacco and related products in the U.S. every hour. A smoker for almost half a century, Leticia tried to quit smoking cigarettes several times before establishing care with Huguette Kalongo, a Family Nurse Practitioner at our McDowell Road integrated care clinic. Huguette, a staunch advocate of self-empowerment, provided the support and encouragement Leticia needed to sustain her efforts to remain tobacco-free. Thinking back to the time she was struggling to stay tobacco-free, Leticia said: “Both my daughter and Huguette motivated me to quit…for good this time. Huguette would remind me of how cigarettes impact my health and how I need to take care of myself. We are now working on my other health challenges. She is truly my health partner, and I can’t imagine going to another provider.”

Leticia Morales chose to take care of her health. 

 Are you ready to also choose your health and say “no more” to tobacco? Please consult your healthcare provider for tools to successfully quit tobacco and/or call Ashline, Arizona’s smokers’ helpline, at 1-800-556-6222 to receive free coaching and resources to help you quit tobacco…and as always, take care of your whole self!