CMH offers free smoking cessation classes this summer

If you’ve tried to quit smoking on your own, you know how hard it can be, because nicotine is extremely addictive. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society, yet an estimated 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. As of 2012, 22% of smokers are between the ages of 25 to 44 and 19.5% are age 45 to 64.

Studies show you have a better chance of success if you have help. Citizens Memorial Hospital offers some suggestions for support:

  • Join a support group. Without some type of program, 95 percent of quitters fail, according to the Foundation for a Smokefree America. CMH offers Smoking Cessation Classes for free, sponsored by CMH Cardiac Rehab. The next class begins Monday, June 2 at 5 p.m.
  • Tell your family, friends and coworkers that you’re going to quit and want their support. Ask them not to smoke around you.
  • Talk to your health care provider or a smoking counselor.
  • Get individual, group or telephone counseling. The more counseling you have, the better your chances are of quitting.

Committing to the Process
Most people try to quit smoking several times before they kick the habit for good, so don’t beat yourself up if you start smoking again. Instead, turn the relapse into a rebound by learning from your mistake.

Think about what happened right before you started smoking again, identify the triggers or trouble spots you ran into, and make a new stop-smoking plan that eliminates them.

You Have Help
For more smoking cessation support, contact Anne Bristow, RRT, CMH Cardiac Rehab, at 417-328-6574. The smoking cessation classes are held for six Mondays at CMH Cardiac Rehab, 1500 N. Oakland, Bolivar.

For more information about Smoking Cessation Classes or other support groups offered at CMH, contact the CMH Information Center, at 417-328-6010 or 888-328-6010. 

April 23, 2014

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