Close to 500 people come to Voorhees every year, get comfortable in a darkened room with relaxing music and listen to Jaime Pitner
In an hour, many will be convinced they never want to light up a cigarette again.Hypnosis has been an especially effective tool for Pitner, the holistic health services coordinator for Virtua Health, to help groups and individuals stop smoking.
Around the Great American Smokeout, which is Thursday, he' ll often schedule extra sessions to meet extra demand.
The Smokeout is an annual rite that tries to liberate smokers from their habit, standing with New Year's resolutions, cigarette price hikes and health scares as occasions that move them to quit.The U.S.
surgeon general says most people make two, three or more attempts before they are successful.Of the 1 million smokers in New Jersey, 70 percent say they want to quit.
...Pitner, a former EMT, knows this well.
"I realized that many patients that we treated only had one risk factor and that was smoking cigarettes," he
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"I've seen just about every situation that you can imagine," Pitner
said, "so I know that it's absolutely possible for anybody under any circumstance to quit smoking."
How to get help
The Great American Smokeout is Thursday.Several programs planned as part of the annual event, as well as ongoing services, are available to help people quit smoking.Here are some: