After reading Danielle Vaughn’s recent article “Lung Association Lights Up Lodi,” I felt compelled to write a letter to the editor. Rather than pointing fingers at those who continually disrespect the “No Smoking Ordinance” or criticize those who do not enforce it, I believe I know how to bring our grade up from an F to an A+.
I have been an American Lung Association Certified Tobacco Cessation Facilitator in San Joaquin County since 1994. Currently, I am president of Life Line Centers of California Inc, a new nonprofit located in Lodi. If you are serious about a smoke-free lifestyle, I would like to give you back your life in trade for a carton of cigarettes.
Recently, I engaged in a conversation with the Lodi Police Department informing them that I offer a series of tobacco prevention, education and cessation classes to minors with a citation for illegal tobacco purchase and/or use. The class works just like traffic school. They told me they don’t have the time or the staff to enforce tobacco laws. We seem to be maximizing the problem while at the same time minimizing the solution.
If anyone is interested in improving our report card from an F to an A, please contact me. Our mission is to reduce tobacco use, treat nicotine dependence, promote wellness in the workplace and improve the quality of life for the residents of San Joaquin County and surrounding communities. The American Lung Association does not offer any funding to support their own program or facilitators. It is my goal to teach the Freedom From Smoking Program at no cost to anyone who is ready to quit smoking but until a funding source is found, there is a cost to take the course. For further information go to lifeline-centersofcalifornia.com.