Smoking and other tobacco use put you at risk for several chronic conditions. Break free!
According to the American Heart Association, cigarette smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States.
If you quit smoking, you are likely to add years to your life, breathe more easily and have more energy. You’ll have extra money for spending or saving, and food will taste better. When you quit smoking, you join over a million people who stop smoking each year.
Through TIPS (Tobacco-free Individualized Plans), CoxHealth offers a variety of tobacco cessation opportunities in Springfield, Branson, Monett and surrounding communities. Check our calendar for class dates and times near you, or contact us today.
- Free weekly support group. Join anytime.
- Individual counseling, 30-minute sessions.
- Beat the Pack (4 one-hour classes)
- Freedom from Smoking (8 one-hour classes)
Statistics show that tobacco use is higher in Taney County than in any other county in Missouri. Jim Brawner, Mayo Clinic certified tobacco treatment specialist, offers a 7-week tobacco cessation course. Class size is limited and registration is required; scholarships are available to assist with the $80 course fee which includes class materials and nicotine replacement therapy.
What Smoking Does
Cigarette smoke damages your lungs and airways. Air passages swell and, over time, you’ll have more and more trouble clearing mucus from your air passages. This can cause a cough that won't go away, which sometimes leads to a lung disease called chronic bronchitis. If you keep smoking, normal breathing may become harder as emphysema develops. In emphysema, your lung tissue is destroyed, making it very hard to get enough oxygen.
Smoking can shorten your life. It brings an early death to more than 400,000 people in the United States each year. Lifelong smokers have a 1 in 2 chance of dying from a smoking-related disease. Smoking cuts years off the end of your life. Smoking makes millions of Americans sick by causing:
- Heart disease. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol (a fatty substance in the blood) and also smoke, you increase your chance of having a heart attack. Quitting will greatly lower your risk of heart disease.
- Cancer. Smoking can cause cancer of the lungs, mouth, larynx (voice box), esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix. Your chance of getting cancer increases with the more cigarettes you smoke each day and the more years you smoke.
- Respiratory problems. If you smoke, you are more likely than a non-smoker to get the flu (influenza), pneumonia or other infections that can interfere with your breathing.
- Osteoporosis. If you are an older woman who smokes, your chance of developing osteoporosis is greater. Women who are past menopause tend to lose bone strength and sometimes develop this bone-weakening disorder. Bones weakened by osteoporosis break more easily. Also, women smokers tend to begin menopause sooner than the average woman, putting them at risk for osteoporosis at an earlier age.
Benefits of Quitting Smoking
Whether you’re young or old, it's not too late to quit. If you quit you’ll reduce your chance of cancer, heart attack and lung disease; improve your circulation; gain an improved sense of smell and taste; and set a healthy example for your children and grandchildren.