The American Cancer Society’s Fresh Start smoking cessation program is a four
week support program offered to all those who want to quit using tobacco products.

Time:  4:00 to 5:00 PM        
Location: Audrain County Health Department          
Cost: $25
Registration:  Call Sandra at 573-581-1332 to enroll.
Note:  The program is taught by trained smoking cessation facilitators.  You must
RSVP to attend the classes.  There must be at least 2 participants signed up to hold a
session.  

Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday during the months of:

March
June
September
December     
Be Tobacco-Free: BENEFITS OF QUITTING

•        20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
•        12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
•        2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves & lung function increases.
•        1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease.  The cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs)
    regain normal function, increasing their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
•        1 year after quitting: Your increased risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
•        5 to 15 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker.
•        10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is 50% less than a smoker’s.  The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder,
    cervix, and pancreas decrease.
•        15 years after quitting: Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker.

Choosing to be tobacco free is one of the most important decisions you ever make. Quitting smoking will help you live a longer, healthier life &
protect the health of your family and friends.  Giving up smoking can be difficult, but a tobacco-free lifestyle offers benefits that will last a lifetime.

Smoking contributes to many serious diseases, including lung & other cancers, heart disease, stroke and chronic lung disease. Each year in Missouri,
nearly 10,000 die from tobacco-related disease & secondhand smoke causes an average of 1,150 deaths.

For long-time smokers, quitting now could prevent serious illness & add years to your life. If you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t be discouraged.
Try again. Many people try to quit more than once before succeeding.

Secondhand smoke can cause cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses in people who don’t smoke, so those who breathe your smoke are at risk.  
Children exposed to tobacco smoke are more likely to experience sudden infant death syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma, and
other respiratory problems.

The main benefit of quitting smoking is preventing disease & early death, but there are many others:
•        You’ll have fresher breath, whiter teeth and better smelling hair and clothes.
•        Your sense of smell with return to normal, and food will taste better.
•        The discoloration of your fingers and fingernails will disappear.
•        You’ll be able to do normal activities, such as climb stairs, without losing your breath.
•        You’ll enjoy going to restaurants & other public facilities where smoking isn’t permitted.
•        You won’t have to worry about exposing your family & friends to your secondhand smoke.
•        You will no longer spend time and energy worrying about when you’ll get your next nicotine “fix.”

Quitting smoking can improve your family finances. You’ll save thousands of dollars that you would have spent on cigarettes, you will also save on
medical expenses as well. Missouri spends almost $2 billion every year to treat smoking-related illnesses.

When you quit smoking, you’ll be setting a positive example for your children and grandchildren. And if they don’t smoke, they won’t have to worry
about increasing their risk for lung cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses as they grow older.  

This fall, the health department will launch the American Cancer Society’s Fresh Start Smoking Cessation program.  Look for more details in September.  
Finally, Audrain County Health Department is firmly committed to fighting chronic diseases caused by modifiable lifestyle choices, such as smoking, and
supports a smoke-free Mexico.
Audrain County Health Department
Public Health: Better Health, Better Missouri.