In 2010, a report compiled by Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin declared that smoking is responsible for approximately 443,000 deaths in the United States and that cigarette-related health care costs burden the economy by more than $193 billion annually. In addition to affecting users, each year, thousands of non-smokers die from heart disease and lung cancer (and thousands of children suffer respiratory infections) through the impact of second-hand smoke inhalation.
Benefits of Quitting Smoking
However, those who do quit can revel in some good news. Within 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette, the body begins the recovery process. The heart rate drops less than one-half hour after quitting, and the carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal within 12 hours. Lung function improves, and the risk of heart attack decreases, within 3 months of stopping. After 1 year, the added risk of developing heart disease for an individual who quits is half that of a smoker. Most importantly, after 10 years of quitting, the risk of cancers in the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases, and the risk of stroke drops.
Classes A No-Smoking Policy Length: 30 minutes
Aimed at pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children, this program uses the story, A No-Smoking Policy, to stress the importance of a smoke-free environment and shows how secondhand smoke exposure harms the body.
The ABCs of Tobacco Length: 45-60 minutes
Students in grades 6-8 will learn how tobacco smoke affects the air we breathe, the human body and harms one's appearance, health, family and surroundings.
Tobacco Use and Influence Length: 45-60 minutes
Focusing on high-school students, this program illustrates the influence of tobacco products on our society and the long-term effects of tobacco use. An interactive discussion will examine tobacco advertisements to recognize goals and false claims of tobacco companies.
Smoking Cessation Length: 1-2 hour sessions (8 weeks)
Intended for adults (ages 18 and older), certified Health Education staff will present the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® program to outline a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking.