Midland Health Lifestyle Medicine Center and Pivot Partner to Deliver Community-Specific Smoking Cessation Pilot Program

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Pivot is a self-paced smoking program that helps people quit smoking through a smart sensor, the pivot app, nicotine replacement therapy, and community support.

MIDLAND, Texas – Quitting smoking is hard, but the resources are there.

Midland Health’s Lifestyle Medicine Center and Pivot are teaming up to provide a community-specific smoking cessation pilot program. This is designed to help people quit smoking.

Currently, Midland County has a smoking rate of 19.3%. That’s higher than the Texas state average at 16.5%.

NewsWest 9 spoke with Dr. Padmaja Patel, Medical Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Center.

“We know that about half a million people die each year from smoking-related causes,” said Dr Patel. “We know that during this pandemic, the smoking rate has increased, which is unfortunate because before the pandemic, smoking rates were actually going down for the past four years.”

Patel said this issue is something Midland Health executives hope to raise awareness about.

“It’s a non-judgmental approach, we’re not asking people to stop either, it’s a simple device that people can use in the privacy of their home,” Patel said.

Pivot is a self-paced smoking program that helps people quit smoking through a smart sensor, the pivot app, nicotine replacement therapy, and community support.

“The sensor analyzes carbon monoxide levels with a person’s breath,” Patel said. “He is monitoring this and showing them the progress. This feedback reminds them of the amount of carbon monoxide in their body.”

Dr Patel stresses the importance of taking care of our bodies. She said any small change in lifestyle can have a big effect.

“It’s the beauty of your body. It always tries to heal, if we give it the right ingredients and the right circumstances,” Patel said. “I think smoking is one of those things, if you quit you will start to see improvement immediately.”

Places are limited for this pilot program. Only 100 people will be able to participate at the moment. If you would like to enroll in this pilot program, call the Lifestyle Medicine Center at (432) 221-5433.

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