The Guilford County Department of Public Health is offering the QuitSmart® smoking cessation class series in both Greensboro and High Point during April and May. The series consists of one class per week for four weeks. Each class lasts 90 minutes and there is no cost to the participants for the session or materials. These classes are open to any Guilford County adult resident. Class size is limited to 12 participants.
In High Point, the next series begins Wednesday, April 6 and ends on Wednesday, April 27. Daytime classes will be held from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. with an evening series on these same dates from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All sessions will be held at the 501 East Green Drive location. For more information or to register, please contact Cindy Simpson at 845-7654.
In Greensboro, the next daytime series will begin on Tuesday, May 24 and will end Tuesday, June 14, and will be held from 12:30 p.m.to 1:30 p.m. The evening series runs Tuesday, April 12 through Tuesday, May 3. The evening series will take place at 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. All sessions will occur at the 1100 East Wendover Avenue location. For more information or to register, please contact Kim Herzing at 420-0933 or Catherine Richardson at 641-4718.
For a complete series schedule for 2011, visit www.guilfordhealth.org and click on the QuitSmart® icon at the bottom of the home page.
The QuitSmart® classes are being funded by the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. QuitSmart® utilizes evidenced-based techniques (cognitive behavioral strategies, brand-fading, self-hypnosis compact disc, patented cigarette substitute) that have proven to be more effective than other stop-smoking programs. In a study at five U.S. Air Force bases, sixty-six percent of Quit Smart participants were still smoke free six months after quitting, compared to 16-30% in other stop smoking programs (source: Shipley, et al., Federal Practitioner).
Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in our state and in our nation. It creates health risks for smokers as well as those around them. There is no known safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. For women, smoking creates some unique health risks. For example, women over age 35 who smoke and use birth control pills have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clots of the legs. Smoking is a risk factor for having a low birth-weight baby and low birth-weight babies are more likely to die or to have learning and physical problems.
Individuals interested in quitting can also receive free expert support by using QuitLineNC. For more information or to talk with a Quit Coach, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)