"I go crazy, I get nervous, and hyper, got to have one, really have to have one." Tina Gagliardi has been trying to quit smoking for years.
Linda Gayle Johnson, runs a program called GIFT at the Augusta Medical Center, it stands for Get independence From Tobacco. The program mainly focuses on providing smokers with motivation and support.
"A group support component, which is really important in the process of quitting because you feel you're not alone as your work through the process," says Johnson.
And, Johnson says smokers that try to quit cold turkey have a pretty high success rate.
Johnson says although things like nicotine patches, gum and pills can be helpful aides, they do carry some danger.
"I think there is a danger in some of those, because you have to be very careful that you're not smoking when you are using some of those products, because then you can actually overdose on nicotine, which can be very dangerous," says Johnson.
The program also provides literature to family members on how to be supportive but Johnson says it really has to come from them. For Gagliardi she's got her reasons why she wants to quit.
"My biggest reason is I have a five-year-old daughter that on a regular basis looks at me now, thinking for being five that I'll die from smoking," says Gagliardi.
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