There’s help to stop smoking

Nov. 26, 2012 @ 10:04 AM


Stop Smoking Help
QuitSmart: To register for the next series which begins in January, call (336) 641-4718. Contact Guilford County Department of Public Health at (336) 641-7777.

Information: Quitline NC offers free support 24/7 in English and Spanish at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). Also, www.quitlinenc.com and www.BecomeAnEX.com.


ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
GUILFORD COUNTY —  Miss the Great American Smokeout this month?  You can still resolve to stop smoking as the new year approaches.
Health experts say that nearly 70 percent of smokers want to stop smoking and about half of them try to stop each year. The Guilford County Department of Public Health offers the QuitSmart smoking cessation program.  The free three-session series, which resumes in January, is open to any Guilford County adult resident.  Class size is limited to 12 participants. Registration is required.
Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease, disability, and premature death in the United States:
• Cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke result in more than 443,000 deaths a year.
• For every person who dies from smoking, another 20 people are living with a smoking-related disease.
• Smoking costs the United States about $96 billion each year in medical expenses and $97 billion in lost productivity due to premature death.
• For women, smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of pregnancy complications, premature delivery, low birth weight infants, stillbirth, and sudden infant death syndrome.
Most smokers try to quit several times before succeeding. But many, more quit  every day. The number of former U.S. smokers has exceeded the number of current smokers since 2002.
QuitSmart utilizes many different techniques and has been proven to be more effective than other stop-smoking programs. Once you stop smoking, benefits will start almost immediately:
• Twenty minutes after quitting: Your heart rate drops.
• Two hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
• Two weeks to 3 months after quitting: Heart attack risks begin to drop and lung function begins to improve.
• Three weeks after quitting: Physical symptoms of nicotine addiction end.
• Coughing and shortness of breath decrease one to nine months after quitting. 
• One year after quitting: The risk for heart attack drops sharply.