Will one of your New Year resolutions be to stop smoking? Don’t wait until January to start your healthier lifestyle - begin the process now.
On Thursday, November 16, experts will be on hand to help you quit your tobacco habit, thanks to resources provided by Cochise County’s Health & Social Services Department.
Recognizing that snuffing out cigarettes or other forms of tobacco isn’t easy, Cochise County is participating in the 2017 Great American Smoke Out, where smokers are challenged to give themselves the gift of health this holiday season.
Health educators from the county’s Tobacco Prevention Program will provide information to anyone who needs help to quit at all five department offices in Bisbee, Benson, Douglas, Sierra Vista, and Willcox.
And anyone who hands in their tobacco products and registers with the Arizona Smokers Helpline (ASHLine) on November 16 will be entered to win a frozen turkey.
Staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the following locations:
Bisbee: 1415 Melody Lane, Building A
Benson: 126 W. 5th Street
Douglas: 1012 N. G Avenue, Suite 101
Sierra Vista: 4115 E. Foothills Drive
Willcox: 450 S. Haskell Avenue
The ASHLine offers free coaching by telephone in English or Spanish at 1-800-556-6222.
More information can be found online at ashline.org. There is no charge for services and no insurance is required.
To find out more about the county’s Tobacco Prevention Program visit https://www.cochise.az.gov/health-and-social-services/tobacco-prevention-services
Benefits of quitting for just 24 hours
When you quit smoking the benefits start almost immediately. Within the first 20 minutes of your last cigarette, your body will begin fixing itself.
You will notice your blood pressure decreases and your heart rate drops. The temperature of your hands and feet returns to normal due to improved circulation.
After 12 hours without smoking, the level of carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal. With improved circulation and increased oxygen, the chances of a heart attack decrease after the first 24 hours without smoking.
Within 15 years the risk of coronary artery disease is that of a non-smoker’s.
Carrie Langley, Cochise Health & Social Services Director – firstname.lastname@example.org (520) 432-9404
Ray Falkenberg, Cochise Health & Social Services PIO – email@example.com (520) 432-9414