Quit Smoking Now: Cessation Classes Offered by Asante Health - Asante
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Published on February 28, 2012

Quit Smoking Now

Cessation Classes Offered by Asante Work Health
Rogue Valley Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation recommends regular cardio exercise for your heart

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Rogue Valley Medical Center and Asante Work Health recommend not smoking and getting regular exercise.

Want to quit smoking? The Asante Work Health Breath for Life classes can help.

Asante Work Health staff certified as American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking facilitators  will help you quit smoking forever. They use the proven techniques developed by the American Lung Association that have helped thousands of smokers quit and stay tobacco-free.

“This is the same program that has helped many Asante employees quit smoking, and now we offer it to the community,” said Gail Anderson, Health Promotion Services, Asante Work Health.

Smoking tobacco damages the lungs and causes heart and respiratory diseases. But when someone quits, the lungs can repair themselves and get better.

Breath for Life helps participants

  • Understand their relationship with tobacco
  • Develop a realistic plan for success
  • Plan for relapse prevention
  • Develop healthy lifestyle alternatives
  • Cope with life as a non-smoker
  • Develop healthy stress management skills
Classes run for seven weeks and meet Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Classes are open to anyone 18 years of age or older. The cost is only $20, less than four packs of cigarettes.
To register, or for information, call 541-789-3932, or contact Health Promotions at 541-789-4995.

When You Quit Smoking, after...

  • 20 minutes, your heart rate will already start to drop back towards normal levels.
  • 2 hours, your heart rate and blood pressure will have decreased to near healthy levels.
  • 12 hours, the carbon monoxide in your body decreases to normal levels, and your blood oxygen levels increase to normal.
  • 24 hours, your risk for heart attack will already have begun to drop.
  • 48 hours, all nicotine will have left your body and your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
  • 2 to 3 weeks, you'll be able to exercise and perform physical activities without feeling winded and sick.
  • 1 year,  your risk for heart disease is lowered by 50% compared to when you were still smoking, and you lungs will be regenerating and repairing themselves.
  • 5 years,  your risk of having a stroke is the same as someone who doesn't smoke.
  • 10 years, your risk of dying from lung cancer will drop to half that of a smoker's.

(From the American Heart Association)

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