“Smoking cigarettes tops the list as the most important preventable major risk factor of our #1 killer - heart and blood vessel disease.” -American Heart Association
Use this wonderful resource that is FREE to you and your loved ones in Texas.
Freshstart® is a group-based tobacco cessation support group offered by the American Cancer Society.
Effects of Quitting After…
20 minutes - Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
12 hours - The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2 weeks to 3 months - Your circulation and lung function improves.
1 year - Your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
5 years - Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
10 years - Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a continuing smoker; risks of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.
Tips to Quit
Prepare - Pick a date to quit and stick to it. Make your words mean something when you say, “I quit.”
Build a Support System - Notify all your friends, family and co-workers about your quit attempt and ask them not to smoke around you.
Learn New Skills and Habits - Distract yourself from tobacco cravings by staying busy.
Take Advantage of Available Medications and Use Them Correctly - Try an over-the-counter quitting aid approved by the Federal Drug Administration. These include nicotine gum, patches, and lozenges.
Prepare for Relapse or Challenging Times - Like anything in life, quitting smoking takes practice. You can do it! Stay positive. If you fall off, get back on!
The City of Nacogdoches and Stephen F. Austin State University are smoke-free. Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places and within 20 feet of any public entrance to a business or facility within the city, including but not limited to the following places: Wlevators; Buses, taxicabs, and other means of public transit under the authority of the city, and ticket, boarding, and waiting areas of public transit depots; Restrooms; Service lines; Retail stores; All areas available to and customarily used by the general public in all businesses and nonprofit entities patronized by the public, including but not limited to attorneys offices and other offices, banks, laundromats, hotels, and motels; Restaurants; Night clubs or dance halls; Private clubs where liquor by the drink is served; Public areas of aquariums, galleries, libraries, and museums when open to the public; Any facility that is primarily used for exhibiting any motion picture, stage, drama, lecture, musical recital, or other similar performance, except when smoking is part of a stage production, and then only by the actors while performing onstage; Sports arenas and convention halls; Every room, chamber, place of meeting or public assembly, including school buildings, under the control of any board, council, commission, committee, including joint committees, or agencies of the city or any political subdivision of the state during such time as a public meeting is in progress, to the extent such place is subject to the jurisdiction of the city; Waiting rooms, hallways, wards and semiprivate rooms of health facilities, including but not limited to hospitals, clinics, physical therapy facilities, doctors' offices, and dentists' offices; Lobbies, hallways, and other common areas in apartment buildings, condominiums, retirement facilities, nursing homes, hotels, and other multiple-unit residential facilities; and Polling places. Notwithstanding any other provision of this law, any owner, operator, manager, or other person who controls any establishment or facility may declare that entire establishment or facility as a nonsmoking establishment.