I’m Madelyn DePrey with the YMCA, guest reporting for doorcountydailynews.com. The day you stop smoking, your body starts to repair itself. In eight hours, excess carbon monoxide is out of your bloodstream. In five days, most nicotine has left your body. In three months, your lung function begins to improve. In a year, your risk of a heart attack has halved and your risk of lung cancer is falling too. Every cigarette you don't smoke is doing you good. Stop smoking today.
Of course, breaking this debilitating addiction is easier said than done. In an effort to help smokers in our community improve their quality of life, the Door County YMCA is launching a smoking cessation program at the Sturgeon Bay center. The American Lung Association’s “Freedom From Smoking” clinic focuses on evidence based cessation practices in a small group setting. Participants spend seven weeks learning how to overcome tobacco addiction. Topics include preparing for quit-day, lifestyle changes to support quitting, managing stress and staying smoke free for good!
The sessions, led by a Y-instructor who has been certified by the American Lung Association, are offered at two different times. Participants can register for either a morning or evening clinic. The morning clinic meets on Tuesdays (November 6th through December 18th) from 10am to 11:30am and the evening clinic meets on Tuesdays (November 6th through December 18th) from 4:30pm -6pm. Both clinics, being offered at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA, include an additional session on Thursday November 29th for extra support during “Quit Week.”
Eliminating tobacco from the life of a smoker will make breathing easier, save money, decrease health risks, improve the environment for friends and family, and the individual’s quality of life once and for all. For details on pricing and registration, please call the Y at 743-4949. Door County YMCA, helping you live better.