TOBACCO CESSATION Mike Jones, a UF Health Shands Accounting and Finance reimbursement specialist, had used tobacco for about 10 years when he decided to make a change.
Jones attended a tobacco-cessation course called iQuit, offered through the UF Area Health Education Centers in conjunction with GatorCare. The class helps participants overcome addiction to all forms of tobacco and includes free nicotine patches, gum and/or lozenges.
“The aids were instrumental because I genuinely feared withdrawals would occur while I was at work,” he said. Tobacco-free since September 2015, Jones says he used the money he would’ve spent on tobacco to enter and purchase equipment for a half Ironman race he recently completed.
“Every morning, lunch and night that I haven’t used tobacco is a win,” he said.
GatorCare members are eligible to receive additional free quitting aids, like patches, gum and lozenges and free prescription aids, including Chantix and Buproprion.
Call 352-733-9202 or visit GatorCare.org/tobacco for more information.