Freedom From Smoking now available in Fulton County

November 30, 2017

Sign Up for FREE Smoking Cessation Classes Starting in January

Once, smokers were able to light up or smoke cigarettes on airplanes, in schools, at work, in restaurants, even in hospitals – in just about any public place. Now, health concerns, no-smoking policies and former smokers have made the once-glamorous habit much less attractive. 

Once, smokers were able to light up or smoke cigarettes on airplanes, in schools, at work, in restaurants, even in hospitals – in just about any public place. Now, health concerns, no-smoking policies and former smokers have made the once-glamorous habit much less attractive.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the U.S., and nationwide smoking rates have dropped from 42 percent in 1965 to 15 percent in 2015. In Georgia, about 21 percent of adults still smoke cigarettes. The percentage of smokers in Fulton County is lower than the state and national averages where13 in 100 persons use tobacco. However, it is the increase in the use of electronic cigarettes, hookah pipe and cigar smoking among young people that alarms health officials.   

Fulton County outlawed smoking in its buildings, facilities and most public places. Work environments around the county are now smoke-free. 

Fulton County is reaching out to smokers to quit or make a plan to quit. The Fulton County Board of Health promoted Freedom From Smoking® during this year’s Great American Smokeout. Each year, the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit during the Great American Smoke Out. Most people who smoke want to quit, but they also know quitting is hard. It can take several attempts to succeed.

Freedom From Smoking® was created by the American Lung Association. The evidence-based program has helped hundreds of thousands of smokers to quit tobacco use over the last 37 years. Experts say the best way to quit tobacco is with support, and Freedom From Smoking® offers support and guidance. 

The session topics are:

Session Topics

Session 1 – Thinking About Quitting

Session 2 – On the Road to Freedom

Session 3 – Wanting to Quit

Session 4 – Quit Day

Session 5 -- Winning Strategies

Session 6 – The New You

Session 7 – Staying Off

Session 8 – Celebration

For information on the cessation classes, contact Health Program Administrator Kristin Dixon at kristin.dixon@fultoncountyga.gov or 404-612-1688. The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line is also available 24/7 for help quitting smoking:  for English, call 1-877-270-STOP (7867); for Spanish, 1-855-DEJELO-YA; and for the hearing impaired, call is 1-877-777-6534.  For more information about tobacco cessation and services, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/ready-quit.

 

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