About 21 percent of adults in Allegheny County are smokers. Around the time the new year approaches and people are acting on New Year's resolutions, Tobacco-Free Allegheny sees a spike in phone calls from smokers who are interested in quitting. They will receive about ten to fifteen calls a day to their offices.
Tobacco-Free Executive Director Cindy Thomas says they provide counseling and refer people to other services. Those that are successful also use some sort of nicotine replacement therapy. Nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco products causes users to experience cravings if they stop using them. Research shows it can take seven to ten attempts for a smoker to quit smoking permanently.