NAGS HEAD, N.C.—We all know that quitting smoking is not easy, but it can be done. To have the best chance of quitting successfully, you need to know what you are up against, what your options are and where to go for help. If you smoke, make a New Year’s resolution to attend one of the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart® smoking cessation classes. Classes will be offered in January at The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center. All classes are offered free of charge.

Classes will be offered on the following dates and times:
January 6, 9, 13 and 16 at 10:30 a.m.
January 5, 8, 13 and 15 at 6:00 p.m.

The Freshstart® program consists of four one-hour sessions over a two-week period. By completing the program, participants will be helped to quit smoking as soon as possible with the use of effective methods and activities. Participants will also learn techniques to help end their physical and psychological addition to nicotine. Quitting smoking will also decrease the participants risk of developing of smoking-related diseases—emphysema, heart disease and lung and other cancers—to which the American Cancer Society states that after five years, “the risk of cancer decreases by almost half.” “People who quit smoking experience improved cardiovascular function, which means lower blood pressure and more energy. They also enjoy a renewed sense of taste and smell.”

If you are interested in learning more about resources to help you or someone you care about quit smoking, or to learn more about the Cancer Resource Center, please contact Betse Kelly by calling 252.449.7350. The Cancer Resource Center is located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building adjacent to The Outer Banks Hospital and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment.