Smoking Cessation

In 2014, The Medical Center hosted Cooper Clayton Smoking Cessation classes at the Health & Wellness Center as well as classes for CHC employees at The Medical Center in Bowling Green, Scottsville and Franklin. Ten classes were offered in the Barren River District area.

Do you know what happens when you quit smoking?

20 minutes after quitting: Your blood pressure and pulse rate drops to normal. The temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal.

24 hours after quitting: Your nerve endings start regrowing. Your ability to smell and taste is enhanced. Your chances of a heart attack decreases.

1 year after quitting: Your risk for coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.

5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years after quitting. Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker.

15 years after quitting: Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker.

The Medical Center now offers the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking Program, which is an effective smoking cessation method that addresses all aspects of smoking. It provides eight intensive education sessions followed by weekly support group meetings focused on relapse prevention. It utilizes nicotine gum, lozenge or nicotine patches.

For upcoming smoking cessation classes, contact The Medical Center Health & Wellness Center at 270-745-0942 or 1-877-800-3824.