FREEDOM FROM SMOKING – You can quit, we can help!
To register for the Smoking Cessation Class, click here.
When: Every Tuesday, starting 2/7/2017 through 3/21/2017 (You can still join this session on the 14th.)
Time: 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Place: Montgomery County Health Department
Address: 108 E. Locust Street, Mount Sterling, KY 40353
Facilitator: Aryn Bohannon
Cost: FREE !!! Snacks will be provided
If quitting smoking is part of your New Year’s Resolution, contact the Montgomery County Health Department. Aryn Bohannon, Health Educator and trained facilitator, will begin a new series of classes on Tuesday, Febraury 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Classes will meet at the Health Department every Tuesday. For more information, contact Aryn at 859-497-2425.
Freedom From Smoking Classes are in-person, small group classes. Led by a certified facilitator, the program features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking and transitioning to a smoke-free lifestyle. Each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior, and because no single quit smoking plan is effective for all smokers, the program has a variety of evidence-based techniques for individuals to combine into their own plan to quit smoking. The class also encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting, individually and as part of a group.
Quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. As soon as you quit, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking. Of course it’s best to quit early in life, but even someone who quits later in life will improve their health. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., causing over 438,000 deaths per year.
Both you and the people in your life will breathe easier when you quit. Cigarette smoke harms everyone who inhales it, not just the smoker. Whether you’re young or old and in good health or bad, secondhand smoke is dangerous and can make you sick. Children exposed to secondhand smoke get more chest colds and ear infections. Babies born to mothers who smoke have an increased risk of premature delivery, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Thirdhand Smoke: Growing Awareness of Health Hazard
We know that smoking and secondhand smoke exposure are harmful, but what about “thirdhand smoke”? This is a relatively new term used to describe the residual contamination from tobacco smoke that lingers in rooms long after smoking stops and remains on our clothes after we leave a smoky place. It may seem merely like an offensive smell, but it is also indicative of the presence of tobacco toxins.
Thirdhand smoke consists of the tobacco residue from cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products that is left behind after smoking and builds up on surfaces and furnishings. Tobacco smoke is composed of numerous types of gasses and particulate matter, including carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gases can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries.
There is a growing body of evidence that this lingering tobacco residue has significant health risks. People, especially children and hospitality industry workers, can have considerable exposure to it. As confirmed by the 2006 Surgeon General’s Report, there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.
A study published in February 2010 found that thirdhand smoke causes the formation of carcinogens. The nicotine in tobacco smoke reacts with nitrous acid – a common component of indoor air – to form the hazardous carcinogens. Nicotine remains on surfaces for days and weeks, so the carcinogens continue to be created over time, which are then inhaled, absorbed or ingested.
Children of smokers are especially at risk of thirdhand smoke exposure and contamination because tobacco residue is noticeably present in dust throughout places where smoking has occurred. The homes, hair, clothes, and cars of smokers can have significant levels of thirdhand smoke contamination. Young children are particularly vulnerable, because they can ingest tobacco residue by putting their hands in their mouths after touching contaminated surfaces.
For more information, watch a video about thirdhand smoke by clicking here.