Smoking Cessation Classes

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If you are a smoker looking to break the habit, now is the time. NHRMC offers free smoking cessation classes designed to help you get the resources and support you need to help you quit.

Each one-hour class is taught by a respiratory therapist and pharmacist and gives you:

  • Understanding about health risks of smoking
  • Behavior modification techniques to help you stay smoke-free
  • Information on nicotine replacement therapy
  • Opportunity to purchase nicotine replacement products at a reduced cost through the NHRMC Outpatient Pharmacy

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To sign up for a smoking cessation class, call (910) 264-9200.

Smoking Risks

If you are delaying quitting or not sure if you want to quit smoking consider this, smoking:

  • Harms nearly every organ in your body and can affect your overall health
  • Is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
  • Is a cause of Type 2 diabetes and can make controlling your diabetes harder
  • Can affect your teeth and gums and cause tooth loss
  • Can increase your risk for cataracts
  • Can make it harder for a woman to become pregnant
  • Can affect men's sperm, which can reduce fertility and also increase risks for birth defects and miscarriage

Learn More About Quitting Smoking and Staying Smoke-Free

Benefits of Quitting

When you quit using tobacco, your body begins to change. Within minutes, you start to recover from its harmful effects and start on the path to a healthier life.

20 minutes after smoking your last cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure are reduced.

12 hours after your last cigarette, the level of carbon monoxide in your blood returns to normal.

2 weeks after quitting, your circulation and lung function begin to improve. They will continue to improve over the next few months.

1 month after your last cigarette, any coughing and shortness of breath begin to decrease. You will experience these symptoms less and less over several months.

1 year after smoking your last cigarette, you have reduced your risk of coronary heart disease by half, and your risk of heart attack is drastically reduced.

2 to 5 years after your last cigarette, your risk of stroke will drop to that of a non-smoker.

5 years after quitting, you have reduced your risk for oral, throat, esophageal and bladder cancers by half. If you are a woman, your risk of developing cervical cancer has dropped to that of a non-smoker.

10 years after quitting, your risk of death from lung cancer is reduced to around half of that of a smoker.

15 years after your last cigarette, your risk of developing coronary heart disease has fallen to that of a non-smoker.

Some Reasons to Quit Smoking

Every person has his/her own reason for quitting smoking. Here are just a few reason to go smoke-free. Whatever your motivation, find which one works for you.

  • For Your Health: Research shows longtime smokers can expect to lose about 10 years
  • For Your Finances: Smoking is expensive - over $2,000 per year for a person smoking 1 pack per day
  • For Your Looks: Nicotine narrows blood vessels and impairs blood flow, including to skin - resulting in premature aging
  • For the Special People in Your Life: This could mean being able to play with your grandkids or enjoy your retirement with your spouse
  • Immediate and Long-Term Rewards: Your body starts repairing 20 minutes after your last cigarette, which could mean greatly reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, bronchitis, emphysema and cancer over time

Make a Plan to Quit Smoking (Video)

Quitting smoking is a major life event. It's easier to do when you are prepared for what's to come. Learn how to make a solid plan that will keep you on the path to being smoke-free.

Overcoming Relapse (Video)

Giving up smoking is a tough decision, and sometimes it's possible to take up smoking again particularly when faced with a certain trigger. But slipping up doesn't mean you can't get back on track. Learn how to recommit to quitting and get back to your plan to quit smoking.

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