Are you ready to:

  • Quit smoking?
  • Make changes to your daily routine?
  • Start a tobacco free life?

Call Wayne County Public Health for free counseling and support. Our tobacco cessation program can offer:

  • Free starter kit of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges for eligible Wayne County residents.
  • Individual counseling to offer help with quit plans
  • Printed educational materials
  • Group cessation courses for 4 or more people

The adult cessation course taught by WCPH is based on a program developed by the American Lung Association called "Freedom From Smoking." This multi-session program is designed to help participants stop smoking by providing them with all the essential information and strategies needed to direct their own efforts at stopping. This course can be taught at your work or meeting place.

A different cessation program is offered to those in middle or high school. The Not on Tobacco (N-O-T) by The American Lung Association is a comprehensive tobacco cessation curriculum developed specifically for the adolescent population addressing both smoking and smokeless tobacco use. The program consists of 8, one-hour adult led sessions designed for small groups of 8 to 12 adolescents who want to quit using tobacco.

The N-O-T curriculum guides tobacco users to their quit date and helps them remain tobacco-free/ It takes into account the fact that participants begin, continue, and decide to quit using tobacco, for a wide variety of reasons. The N-O-T curriculum encourages each person to choose the methods of cessation they believe will work best for them.

Tobacco education programs are also available to any age group. Presentations have been developed for preschoolers up to adults and can be tailored to fit the needs of your particular group. For further information on any of the tobacco programs, please contact Ryan Mulhern at Wayne County Public Health Service, 946-5749.

10 Good Reasons to Stop Smoking

  • 20 Minutes after quitting your blood pressure drops to a level close to that before the last cigarette? That the temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal?
  • 8 Hours after quitting carbon monoxide levels in blood drops to normal.
  • 24 Hours after quitting your chances of heart attack decreases.
  • 2Weeks to 1 Month after quitting your sense of smell returns, you will notice that your clothes and hair smell nicer, you will be able to tell who smokes by the way they smell like tobacco. Your skin looks clearer.
  • 2 Weeks to 3 Months after quitting your circulation improves, lung function increases up to 30%.
  • 1 to 9 Months after quitting coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases, cilia regains normal function in lungs, increasing their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, reduce infections.
  • 1 Year after quitting excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
  • 5 years after quitting stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker's.
  • 10 years after quitting lung cancer death rates are about half that of a continuing smoker. Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decrease.
  • 15 years after quitting risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker's.