Smoking cessation classes offer support
Health 1st offers free smoking cessation classes to all MUSC employees.
Taught by Robert Mallin, M.D., Family Medicine, the classes will
integrate education about smoking cessation, pharmacotherapy, and group
support. There are six, one-hour meetings during a three-week period.
Prescriptions for appropriate medications will be provided. To sign up,
Insurance programs—The State Health Plan and BlueChoice offer the Free
and Clear Program to eligible subscribers and their dependents. A Quit
Coach works with each participant to create a personalized, 12-month
Quit Plan. Free nicotine replacement products, such as patches, gum or
lozenges are available through the Free and Clear program and are
provided when appropriate. To register, call 866-784-8454.
CIGNA offers the Quit Today Tobacco Cessation Program. The year-long
program includes unlimited calls to a coach, an optional telephone
relapse support group and over-the-counter nicotine gum or patches.
Call 866-417-7848 or go to http://www.myCIGNA.com.
Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.
- Twenty minutes after quitting, your heart rate drops.
- Twelve hours after quitting, carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- Two weeks to three months after quitting, your heart attack risk begins to drop and your lung function begins to improve.
- One to nine months after quitting, your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
- One year after quitting, your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
- Five to 15 years after quitting, your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s.
- Ten years after quitting, your lung cancer
death rate is about half that of a smoker’s, and your risk of cancers
of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.
Source: Tobacco Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov.
- Fifteen years after quitting, your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker’s.
note: The preceding column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st.
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Friday, Sept. 25, 2009