Quitting doesn't happen in just one day, but it can start today!
Rebecca, age 57, started smoking menthol cigarettes when she was 16 years old. All of her family members smoked, and once she started smoking, she was hooked. Rebecca kept smoking menthol cigarettes into adulthood and tried to stop but soon discovered she had trouble quitting.
At age 33, Rebecca was diagnosed with depression. She smoked frequently when she felt depressed because she thought smoking might help her cope with her feelings. Rebecca felt ashamed when she smoked, so when she tried to quit and couldn’t, she felt even more depressed. “That was just a vicious, vicious cycle,” she said. To break the cycle, Rebecca knew she had to get care for her depression and quit smoking for good.
Rebecca also lost some teeth as a result of gum disease, which can be caused by smoking. This further strengthened her resolve to lead a healthy lifestyle. Rebecca finally quit smoking, and she feels better—both mentally and physically. Rebecca is proud of her accomplishment. “It’s about taking control and knowing where you want to be in your life.”
FREEDOM FROM SMOKING
at CHI Health St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center
The leading smoking cessation program for over 25 years, the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program shows you how to quit for good in a supportive, small group setting.
At this 7-week, 8-session program, you will receive a participant workbook, which covers topics like knowing if you’re ready to quit smoking, lifestyle changes, coping strategies, stress management tools, and preparing for Quit Day. Cost of the program is $25.00
Freedom From Smoking® is taught by American
Lung Association-trained instructors
Jenny Roush, BSE of the St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center and Seann Julian, RRT St. Francis Cardiac/ Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center. For more information, or to register, please contact Jenny at 398-8912.
YOU CAN QUIT
The EX Community is a great resource for people that are wanting to quit tobacco use. You can sign up for free on the website.
Get a customized quit plan. You gain access to smart, interactive guides and tools along with expert advice and tips from the Mayo Clinic. They also have an active, supportive EX community of real tobacco users who have been through it all.
NEW: Text messaging for support of quitting smoking and vaping!
The EX Community was developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic.