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Kiss Those Butts Good-Bye!

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and that means you will have a chance to start fresh. Maybe this year you will start eating healthier, or going to the gym more. Or maybe you will be finally be able to kiss those cigarettes good-bye. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. In the United States alone, it is estimated that 36.5 million adults smoke cigarettes, and that more than 16 million Americans are living with a smoking-related disease.

Some may think to themselves, with scary facts such as those, why would anyone start smoking in the first place? There are many reasons as to why a person would start smoking; peer pressure, stress and weight management, even relief from constipation. However, someone who does not smoke might come back with, well why do smokers continue to smoke after reading all this research?

The simplest explanation to that question is that it is really hard to quit. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance which is found in cigarettes. When a person inhales cigarette smoke, it only takes 10 seconds for nicotine to reach the brain. Once this happens the brain releases adrenalin, which makes a person get that “buzzed” good feeling. After long term exposure to nicotine, the brain needs more of it in order to get that same feeling. Which is how one becomes addicted to smoking cigarettes.

Much like any other addictive substance, nicotine can cause withdrawal symptoms. Some of the most common nicotine withdrawal symptoms are feeling restless or jumpy, having trouble thinking clearly and concentrating, and even having cravings for more cigarettes. Due to this, often times people fall back into their old habits and relapse. It can take a person 8 to 11 tries until they finally quit smoking.

Although quitting can seem like a scary and impossible task, there are support groups which can help with quitting. One of which is a free Freedom from Smoking Class which Lebanon Family Health Services provides around a number of counties. This class is a one hour weekly class which meets for 8 weeks. Participants learn about why nicotine is so hard to kick, take a closer look at their smoking habits and why they smoke, and will received free Nicotine Replacement Therapy. The class is also a chance for people who want to quit smoking to surround themselves with others who have the same goal.

So, if you or someone you know is interested in kissing those butts good-bye in the new year, contact Lebanon Family Health Services at 717-273-6741 EX: 310 to learn about an upcoming free Freedom from Smoking Classes in 2018!

Rebecca Seaber and Liam

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