Kick The Habit

KICK the Habit and Keep it Clean for Kids

Secondhand Smoke is No Joke! | Free Smoking Cessation Classes and Counseling | Within 20 Minutes of Quitting | Related Links | Questions? Give Us a Call!

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Secondhand Smoke is No Joke!

Secondhand smoke is more than just a drag to be around! Each year it causes:

  • 700,000 ear infections in children
  • 400,000 cases of childhood asthma
  • 9,700 babies to be born with low birth weight
  • It is linked to 2,700 cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)


Free Smoking Cessation Classes and Counseling

This class will be taught by a nurse and/or pharmacist certified by the American Lung Association to teach their Freedom from Smoking® course. The program focuses on creating a positive behavior change using group support to become a non-smoker. You are welcome to use nicotine replacement therapy from your healthcare provider while taking the course.

You do not need to quit the first day!

When: Tuesdays (for 8 weeks)
Time: 12-1 pm
Where: UMMC Patient Resource Center, 1st floor of the Weinberg Building
Cost: Free
Who: Any Smoker over 18 years of age
Bring: Yourself (You may also bring your lunch)


Within 20 Minutes of Quitting

Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.

20 Minutes After Quitting
Your heart rate drops.

12 Hours After Quitting
Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting
Your heart Attack risk begins to drop.
Your lung function begins to improve.

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Questions? Give Us a Call!

The Patient Resource Center at 410-328-WELL (9355)

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