NVFC Partners with Pfizer to Help Firefighters Quit Smoking

Tuesday, 03 February 2009

Smoking cessation is a key component of leading a heart-healthy lifestyle. Since its inception in 2003, the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program has provided resources and information to help firefighters quit smoking. Now, the NVFC is pleased to announce a partnership with Pfizer Inc. to develop an in-depth smoking cessation program, which is currently being piloted in North Carolina.

As part of the pilot program, the NVFC is working with ten fire departments from across North Carolina to educate them on smoking cessation and its benefits. All ten departments will receive materials and information regarding smoking cessation and adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle. Five of the departments will also receive a specialized smoking cessation training seminar.

The progress of all ten departments will be followed for six months to gauge how many firefighters quit smoking and stay quit. A comparison will then be conducted on the success rate of the departments who received the specialized training versus those who just received the materials.

To help the firefighters in improving their overall heart-health in the course of the pilot program, each department will have access to the tools and resources provided by the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. Additionally, the NVFC is working with local dietetic groups to offer nutritional counseling in each department and with local gyms and fitness centers to provide discounted memberships during the six-month study. The departments’ innovative methods for making health and wellness a priority will be tracked as part of the pilot program.

The departments participating in the pilot program include:

  • Asheville Fire Department
  • Shelby Fire Department
  • Lenoir Fire Department
  • Swannanoa Fire Department
  • Chapel Hill Fire Department
  • Pinecroft Sedgefield Fire Department
  • Walkertown Fire Department
  • Goldsboro Fire Department
  • Jacksonville Fire Department
  • Winterville Fire Department
Learn more about smoking cessation and find more tips, tools, and resources on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter web site.



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