Wellness Matters

Plan for a Healthy Year – Quit Smart

January 23, 2015

It's a new year and now's the time to set goals for yourself and quit the habit! For those who smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health.

Christine Brannock, oncology outreach manager with the Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital, spoke on Fox 8 House Calls on ways to quit smart.

Where do I start?

Unfortunately, giving up smoking can be a difficult process. Gaining the support of family, friends, past smokers and/or support groups is the first step to successfully quitting the habit.

How will I benefit from quitting smoking?

Although it is a difficult process, the benefits of quitting smoking go into effect almost immediately. Within 20 minutes of quitting, the heart rate returns to a normal level, within 12 hours your carbon monoxide levels in the blood drop to a normal level and within two weeks your risk of having a heart attack begins to decrease and lung function begins to improve.

Click on the video below to learn tips on how to quit smart.

Cone Health Cancer Centers host a four-session QuitSmart smoking cessation program that is open to anyone in the community. Visit conehealth.com/classes to find out more and/or register today.


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