Quitting tobacco is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. Regardless of age or how long the individual has been using tobacco products, quitting has multiple benefits, including:
- improved health status (e.g., better breathing; increased stamina)
- enhanced quality of life
- possible increase in life expectancy
- reduced risk for adverse health effects (e.g., poor reproductive health outcomes; cardiovascular diseases; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and cancer)
- reduced financial burden on people who smoke, healthcare systems, and society
Quitting tobacco can have benefits at any age. Even people who have used tobacco for many years or have used heavily will benefit from quitting. However, quitting is not easy - it can be a process and may take multiple tries.
Ready to quit using tobacco?
If you're ready to quit using tobacco, we can help. Our eight-week online program teaches participants evidence-based tools to quit and stay quit. Classes meet on Mondays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm (CT) and on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm (CT). Individuals can start the classes at any time, choosing the day that works best for them.
- Participants get support from peers who are working on the same thing.
- Participants learn to use mindfulness to pay attention to emotions and cravings so they can make different choices.
- The program can help people quit smoking, using smokeless tobacco (chew), or using e-cigarettes.
- Anyone interested can start classes at any time.
- Information covered includes:
- strategies to quit and stay tobacco-free
- how to cope with stress without using tobacco
- medications that might help
Questions about the program?
Contact the MCA at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 913-945-7534.