Smoking Cessation

WAYS TO ENHANCE SMOKING CESSATION

  • Get rid of all ashtrays
  • Drink lots of water
  • Avoid places with smoke filled air
  • Keep track of how much money is saved
  • Avoid boredom- read book, see movie
  • Get teeth cleaned
  • Reflect on reason you are stopping
  • Exercise regularly
  • Call friends for encouragement
  • Think of yourself as a non-smoker
  • Each morning tell yourself that you will not smoke
  • Eat a balanced breakfast
  • Talk on the phone with a pencil in your hand
  • Think about how much better food taste

WHEN SMOKERS QUIT 20 MINUTES AFTER QUITTING

  • Blood pressure drops to normal
  • Pulse rate drops to normal
  • Temperature of hands and feet return to normal

8 HOURS AFTER QUITTING

  • Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
  • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal

24 HOURS AFTER QUITTING

  • Chances of heart attack decreases

48 HOURS AFTER QUITTING

  • Nerve endings start to return to normal
  • Ability to smell and taste is enhanced

2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS AFTER QUITTING

  • Circulation improves
  • Walking improves and Lung function increases up to 30%

1 TO 9 MONTHS AFTER QUITTING

  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease.
  • Cilia regain normal function in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infections.
  • Body’s overall energy increases

1 YEAR AFTER QUITTING

  • Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s

5 YEARS AFTER QUITTING

  • Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker’s 5-15 years after quitting.
  • Lung cancer death rate for an average one pack per day smoker decreases by almost half.

10 YEARS AFTER QUITTING

  • Lung cancer death rate is similar to that of a non-smoker
  • Precancerous cells are replaced
  • Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidneys, and pancrease decreases.

15 YEARS AFTER QUITTING

  • Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker’s

BENEFITS OF SMOKING CESSATION

  • Improved health
  • Improved sense of tasteImproved sense of smell
  • Saving money
  • Improved self image
  • Better smelling home, car, and breath
  • Freedom from worrying about quitting
  • Setting good examples for children
  • Having healthy infants and children
  • Freedom from worrying about exposing others to smoke
  • Feeling better physically
  • Freedom from addiction
  • Improved physical capabilities

SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES:

Contact Martha King at Central Baptist Hospital 260-6416 8 week program: $40.00

The Fayette County Health Dept. offers a 12 week program: $40.00 call Nancy Martin 252-2371

Classes focus on behavior modification and nicotine replacement products.

For more information on this and other women's health subjects visit the following website: www.nlm.nih.gov

Central Baptist Hospital will offer "Ready When You Are" smoking cessation classes at Central Baptist HealthwoRx Fitness & Wellness Center in Lexington Green.

This eight-week program, scheduled from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., utilizes techniques developed by the American Lung Association and is based on the underlying premise that smoking is a learned habit. The program offers individuals a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking, covering topics such as addiction, personal smoking habits, identifying triggers, coping with urges, nicotine reduction therapy, coping with stress, weight management and relapse prevention.

Classes are limited to 10, so pre-registration is required. Call 859-260-6419 to enroll or to find out more information. One-on-one classes may be scheduled by calling the same phone number.

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