Quitting smoking is in the top ten of New Year’s resolutions, and since beginning its grant-funded tobacco cessation program in April of 2013, Cox Medical Center Branson has helped more than 30 people kick their tobacco habit.
“It’s amazing to see how much someone’s life can change when they quit using tobacco,” explains Jim Brawner, Certified Tobacco Cessation Educator, Cox Branson. “At the end of each class, I ask participants to share what they have gained by quitting smoking. Some changes are obvious; they look better and feel better. Other changes such as helping someone kick another bad habit like drinking, or saving someone from following the cancer-ridden path of parents and grandparents is emotionally powerful.”
And according to Cox Medical Center Branson, January is the best time to kick the habit. “New Year’s resolutions can give an added boost to a quitter’s motivation,” explains Brawner. “One of the single biggest factors in the success of someone quitting tobacco is their personal motivation.”
Having a support group can also help. Brawner is adding more tobacco cessation classes for 2014. Find them on the event calendar at www.coxhealth.com/branson. For additional information call 417-348-8498.
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