The Guilford County Department of Public Health is offering the Quit Smart smoking cessation class series in both Greensboro and High Point this fall.The series consists of one class per week for four weeks. Each class lasts 90 minutes and there is no cost to the participants. These classes are open to women who live in Guilford County and who are between the ages of 15 and 44. Class size is limited to 12 participants; women who are interested should register in advance.
In High Point, the fall daytime series begins September 9 and ends September 30. Classes will be held from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. An evening series will begin September 30 and end October 21. This session will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:00 p.m. Both 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 fall session will begin on October 2 and end October 23. Classes will be held from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. 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.
The Quit Smart classes are being funded by the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
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)