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Quit Smoking Now

January 5, 2005

Albany- The American Cancer Society is teaming up with the Dougherty County Health Department to offer a Freshstart class for those who want to quit smoking. The four part series will last one hour each and teach people ways to deal with the psychological and physical strain associated with quitting smoking.

According to the American Cancer Society, smoking usually starts at an early age and continues throughout adulthood, if it is not stopped. For young people who live with smokers, second-hand smoke can prove detrimental to their health.

Second-hand smoke leads to cancers and other diseases that can kill. Marilyn Fowler of the American Cancer Society suggests, "The only way to live a healthy life is to quit smoking. That's why it is important to just say "no" and follow tips that help."

Some tips offered include: drinking plenty of water, or replacing the smoking habit with another habit, like exercise or a hobby.

Other tips for smokers who want to quit include: surrounding yourself with non-smokers and if you have to have something in your hand, hold cinnamon sticks or toothpicks to occupy that desire.

For more information on how to quit smoking or register for the class, contact the American Cancer Society at 229-446-1073 or Dougherty County Health Department at 229-430-6200.

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