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Quit Smoking for American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month, and there is no better time to quit smoking than now!
Smoking is a major cause of cardiovascular disease. According to the Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health, one out of every three cardiovascular disease deaths is cause by smoking. Even those who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day may show signs of early cardiovascular disease.
Smoking and cardiovascular disease doesn’t just affect the smoker. Exposure to secondhand smoke causes heart disease in nonsmokers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33,000 nonsmokers die every year in the United States from coronary heart disease caused by exposure to secondhand smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke can also cause heart attacks and strokes in nonsmokers.
At McLaren Northern Michigan, a Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation class is available to help. The four-week evidence-based program from the American Cancer Society is designed to help current tobacco users plan a successful quit attempt by providing essential information, skills for coping with cravings, and group support.
Classes will be held in Cheboygan on February 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Cheboygan Community Medical Center at 740 S. Main Street.
The fee is $25 and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for the Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation program at McLaren Northern Michigan, please call (800) 248-6777 or enroll online at http://www.mclaren.org/northernclasses