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Published: Monday, August 27, 2012
The next Freedom From Smoking class will begin August 28th at 6 p.m. in the 4th floor conference room at the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cancer Institute.
Freedom From Smoking is an eight-week FREE clinic that has become the “Gold standard” of smoking cessation programs. You will be asked to pay a $50 deposit, which will be returned to you after successfully attending all of the sessions, whether you quit smoking or not.
The addictive effects of tobacco have been well-documented. Tobacco and its components increase the risk for cancer (especially in the lung, mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney, colon, pancreas, and cervix), heart attacks, strokes, and chronic lung disease.
Just over 45 million people, or about 19% of adults in the United States, currently smoke, according to a 2011 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates dropped by nearly 1% -- or 3 million people -- between 2005 and 2010.
Heavy smoking (a pack-a-day habit) is also down from a few decades ago. Back in 1965, close to 23% of Americans were heavy smokers. Today, only about 7% smoke 20 cigarettes a day or more. States who have been especially successful at reducing heavy smoking rates, are due to smoking cessation programs and smoke-free environments.
These reductions in overall smoking are good news, but smoking is still a big health problem. It kills 443,000 people a year in the United States, accounting for nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths.
For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 865.305.8577. Click here for more information about Smoking Cessation at UT Medical Center.