Stop smoking, save your lungs and your loved ones

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By Amy Taylor

The news from the American Cancer Society (ACS) about cigarette smoking isn’t good: Smoking damages every organ in the human body, is linked to more than 10 different cancers, and accounts for some 30 percent of all cancer deaths.

Yet, one in five Americans still lights up.

For most people, stopping smoking takes help. Help is what you’ll find in the “Kick the Habit” free course that will begin Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Nelson County Public Library.

This 13-week course, which will meet for one hour each week, is based on the Cooper Clayton Method to stop smoking.

The facilitator for the course will be Suzanne Guide of the Kentucky Cancer Program.

Ditching cigarettes is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family members.

To kick the habit for good, you need motivation, dependable support, and sound strategies. “Kick the Habit” provides the necessary tools.

The program is built around the assumption that you taught yourself to smoke — you trained your brain receptor sites to expect nicotine daily.

“Kick the Habit” works because you can “un-teach” yourself.

You’ll be using a nicotine replacement product of your choice to minimize the effects of nicotine withdrawal. Is it time you kicked the habit? Consider this: Cigarette smoking is linked with an increased risk of developing the following cancers: lung, larynx (voice box), oral cavity (mouth, tongue and lips), pharynx (throat), esophagus, stomach, pancreas, cervix, kidney, bladder and a form of leukemia.

Smoking is responsible for almost nine out of 10 lung cancer deaths.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women, according to the ACS. It’s one of the hardest cancers to treat, and one of the most preventable.

And if the cancer it causes isn’t bad enough, consider that smoking is also a major cause of heart disease, stroke and emphysema.

If you’re a smoker, you’re not just hurting yourself.

Second-hand smoke causes about 3,000 lung cancer deaths among non-smoking adults in the nation every year.

In children, second-hand smoke can cause severe bronchitis or pneumonia, and an increased risk for asthma, ear infections, eye and nose irritations, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

If you’re tired of putting yourself and your family at risk, “Kick the Habit” could be for you. At least try out the first class. To register, call 348-8914. You’ll be glad you did.