TriWest ready to help you quit

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since about 20 percent of the United States’ population smokes, that means almost a fifth of the country could live at least a full decade longer. With the Great […]

TRICARE: It takes strength…to quit

By Diane Mayer: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX

Obama declares ’I don’t quit’ in State of Union

By Jennifer Loven: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he gets it, he knows America is not happy. “I campaigned on the promise of change, ’change we can believe in,’ the slogan went,” he said Wednesday night in his first State of the Union address. “And right now, I know there […]

Smoking cessation help offered

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Smoking cessation has a 90 percent success rate of people quitting smoking or reducing the amount they smoke. The free program is sponsored by Roosevelt General Hospital, and the Amercian Lung Association, and gives clients a chance to change their lives by being smoke-free. The eight-week course is held […]

Annual smokeout event encourages quitting

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Prompted by the concerns of his 6-year-old son, Cannon Air Force Base tech sergeant Eugene Von Bon is trying to quit smoking. “My son started figuring it out,” said Von Bon, who is in charge of the dental center at the base. “He knows his grandma died of cancer, […]

Old dogs, outdoorsmen never quit

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor I tried to get out the door without him, but he’d seen me reach for my hat and he wasn’t having any of it. My old dog was demanding to go on the walk with me. We hadn’t walked since his seizures in the fall. He just hadn’t been […]

Hospital starting stop-smoking program

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital is starting a new tobacco cessation program just in time to help many smokers with their New Year’s resolution. RGH was selected as one of 10 hospitals in New Mexico for the Hospitals Helping program, which is aimed at helping patients as well as those in […]

Base observes annual Great American Smokeout

By 27 SOAMDS On November 15th Cannon Air Force Base will celebrate the Great American Smokeout. Held the third Thursday in November, the Great American Smokeout motivates tobacco users across the country to quit for one day. Are you thinking about quitting? Perhaps, you want to but have some hesitation. The Health and Wellness Center […]

Cessation of smoking group’s priority

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Community residents who have made the New Years resolution to quit smoking or cease using tobacco of any kind, will soon have the opportunity to participate in a support group, to help reach their goal of quitting. The first step in that process is a tobacco cessation facilitator training, […]

HAWC leads ‘Great American Smokeout’ efforts

Candace Weaver The Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) will lead the 30th annual “Great American Smokeout” at Cannon Thursday as part of a national day that encourages smokers to quit for a day and perhaps quit for good. The day is but one of a series of events planned to get smokers to quit. A […]

Faith helps us get through life

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Does life ever seem to be one battle after another? Do you manage to survive one hurdle only to be confronted by another one? Welcome to the club. The world has many problems we cannot deny. It seems we hear bad news every day. So many good things are hardly […]

Residents share resolutions

Tony Parra The new year symbolizes a fresh beginning for most people after the champagne toast, the next day brings about new year’s resolutions. People brainstorm new year’s resolutions and begin working on them in the first week of January. Some Portales residents are not so sure people can achieve their goals throughout the year. […]