“We know smoking is a hard addiction to quit,” says Tom Rally, Cumberland Medical Center Cancer Center Manager. “Having a support system of people who are also focused on quitting can help you be successful and quit for good.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. The CDC also shares additional benefits after one quits smoking include:
- Lowered risk for lung cancer and many other types of cancer.
- Reduced risk for heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease (narrowing of the blood vessels outside your heart).
- Reduced heart disease risk within 1 to 2 years of quitting.
- Reduced respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
- While these symptoms may not disappear, they do not continue to progress at the same rate among people who quit compared with those who continue to smoke.
- Reduced risk of developing some lung diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, one of the leading causes of death in the United States).
- Reduced risk for infertility in women of childbearing age. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birth weight baby.
The free six-week smoking cessation course will be held on Tuesdays at noon starting on January 23 in the hospital’s Conference Center Room B. Lunch will be provided and space is limited. RSVPs are required and can be made by calling (931) 456-8390.