Proper planning and expert support are key if you want to quit smoking and stay smoke-free. Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute offers QuitSmart, a community program that teaches you coping strategies and other techniques, such as hypnosis, to slowly reduce your nicotine intake.
Quitting smoking cuts your risk of having a heart attack, heart failure and arrhythmias. Quitting also cuts your risk of getting lung cancer, diabetes and asthma.
Former smokers who kick the habit for at least 10 years have almost the same life expectancy as those who have never smoked.
The $50 program includes four, 90-minute group sessions with a certified QuitSmart coach and QuitSmart Stop Smoking Kit, which includes a guidebook, hypnosis CD and patented cigarette substitute.
For more details, call 800-842-6868 or visit Quit Smart.