Smoking cessation Program

If you use tobacco, there are compelling reasons for you to quit. The rewards of quitting are tremendous. Quitting tobacco will improve your health, your finances, your self-esteem and your everyday life. Journey into Wellness offers individual and group smoking cessation sessions.

Quit for Your Health

Millions of Americans experience health problems caused by smoking. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and diminishes ones overall health. It causes heart disease, stroke, and lung disease like chronic bronchitis, emphysema, osteoporosis and cataracts.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United Stated. Cigarette smoking and exposure for secondhand smoke causes an estimated average of 438,000 premature deaths each year in the United States. Of these premature deaths:

Heavy Smoker
  • 40 percent are from cancer. Cigarette smoking causes many types of cancer, including cancer of the lung, esophagus, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach and cervix as well as acute myeloid leukemia.
  • 35 percent are from heart disease and stroke.
  • 25 percent are from lung disease. This includes lung diseases, bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

Smoking changes the brain.

According to recent research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nicotine addiction caused by smoking produces long-lasting chemical changes in the brain similar to changes that take place when someone uses drugs like heroin or cocaine.

What happens when you quit.

  • One’s heart rate and blood pressure which is abnormally high while smoking. It will begin to return to normal after quitting.
  • Within a few hours, the level of carbon monoxide, which reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen, will begin to decline.
  • Within a few weeks, circulation improves, phlegm production is decreased and you do not cough or wheeze as often.
  • The workload on the heart is decreased and cardiac function is improved.
  • Food tastes better and your sense of smell returns to normal.
  • Everyday activities no longer leave you out of breath.
  • Within several months of quitting, lung function will improve.
  • In one year, your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke is reduced.
  • In five years, many kinds of cancer including lung, larynx, mouth, stomach, cervix, bladder, show a decline in risk and that is similar to someone who has never smoked.
  • Within 10 to 15 years, the risk of lung disease including bronchitis and emphysema are decreased.
  • Conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, thyroid conditions, hearing loss, dementia and osteoporosis are positively affected.
  • Nerve endings in the mouth and nose begin to regenerate that allow for an improvement in taste and smell.
  • Medications may work better.
  • If a female is taking birth control, quitting smoking will decrease her chances of heart attack and stroke due to clotting.
  • Impotency and infertility issues are decreased.
  • If a female is pregnant, she can protect her unborn child from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and low birth weight.
  • Years can be added to your life.

Quit for your finances.

  • Multiply how much money you spend on tobacco every day by 365 to see what you spend every year on smoking.
  • Multiply that by the number of years you have been using tobacco.
  • Then multiply the cost per year by 10 for the upcoming years.
  • Other financial benefits include: less spending on health benefits and life insurance and less trips to the doctor.
  • You can eliminate late night trips to the store for tobacco products.
  • You will decrease the chance of fatal fires and serious burns.

When you quit smoking:

  • Your breath will smell better
  • Stained teeth will get whiter
  • Your clothes and hair will smell better
  • Your fingers and fingernails will no longer look yellow
  • You will have better oral health
  • Overall, your skin will improve.
  • You can protect individuals from exposure to secondhand smoke that lead to eye irritation, headaches, nausea and dizziness, lung cancer and heart disease.
X-ray of lung cancer

Quit Smoking Resources

American Cancer Society (ACS)

American Heart Association (AHA)

American Lung Association (ALA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)