How to Quit Tobacco

It is that time of year when we start thinking about resolutions for a healthier start to the new year.  For tobacco users, the single most important thing that you can do for your health, wellness, and finances is to stop.  This can be a difficult thing to do, but there are resources out there to help you.

Check out this link from the American Cancer Society, as it is full of resources to stop both smoking and smokeless tobacco.

https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/guide-quitting-smoking.html

You also may qualify for assistance with tobacco cessation through your insurance provider.  For example, the department’s Blue-Care plan benefit summary includes the following:

Prescription tobacco cessation medications, including over-the-counter (with a doctor’s
prescription), covered at 100%
Limited to two 90-day course of treatments per calendar year

This video explains the immediate health benefits of quitting smoking, which start 20 minutes after your last cigarette.

At some point it will be too late to quit, and that debt will come due. Tobacco use puts you at greater risk for lung cancer, laryngeal, oral, esophageal, bladder, kidney, and pancreatic cancers.  Cancer is a terrible thing that has impacted so many of us and our families.  Tobacco use is one of the most predictable causes of cancer.  There are resources out there to help you quit.  If you need help locating resources, please reach out to the Employee Wellness Unit and we will work with you.

If you have quit, and would like to be available as a mentor for someone trying to quit, please contact EWU@kcpd.org.

Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering

Why should you volunteer?  While many organizations and causes rely on volunteers, it can be difficult for many of us to carve time out of our busy schedules to volunteer.  If you need a little extra boost to motivate you to get involved in an organization that you care about, consider the benefits  of volunteering in the following article:

https://www.thebalance.com/unexpected-benefits-of-volunteering-4132453

There are many positives associated with volunteering that are discussed, including:

  • Socialization and meeting new friends
  • Developing emotional stability and improving self-esteem
  • Promoting longevity

We all know that our careers will eventually come to an end, and for many of us, we will have many good years left to contribute.  By getting involved in volunteering, you can begin to develop other networks to be involved with after your career with the police department.  At the end of the day, volunteering has huge benefits for your community and for yourself.  Consider finding a cause that you are passionate about and get involved.

One cause that has a great relationship with our department is Special Olympics.  Through the Law Enforcement Torch Run movement, department members help raise funds through Tip-A-Cop events, Broadway Bridge Run, and the Polar Plunge.  If you are interested in getting involved in the planning of these events, please contact justin.kobolt@kcpd.org.  If you are interested in supporting Special Olympics athletes, consider plunging in this years Polar Plunge on January 27th.  For more information, visit:

http://give.somo.org/site/TR?fr_id=1244&pg=entry