Graphic Warnings!!!

Public Health Groups Sue to Force FDA Action on Graphic Warnings

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Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information so we can tell YOUR story.

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Graphic warnings are eye opening. The Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is a resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 

Prayers Answered!!!

Mary’s Story
This is my story about when I started smoking and when I quit smoking. I was in labor with my daughter and my husband smoked at that time. I would lite his cigarettes for him sometimes. I noticed when I was in labor when I inhaled the smoke and released it my pain was controllable. Being young and did not know inhaling and exhaling was a technique to help control labor pain, that is how I started smoking. I went to see my doctor about a surgery that I had put off for years. The doctor told me that it was time to have the surgery done, but I needed to stop smoking for at least 2 weeks. I asked why and he stated there could be a chance my lungs could collapse and I could possibly die. So I prayed about the situation and asked God to help me stop smoking. I put in my mind if I could stop for 2 weeks I could stop forever. So I stopped for those 2 weeks and when I returned home from the hospital I tried to start back but the cigarettes did not taste right. So I thought well God did answer my prayer and that was in December of 1995 and I am still smoke free to this day. I feel better about myself I never knew how bad smoke smell on your body, skin and breath. I thank God for being smoke free for 21 years now.

what is your story question

Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.

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Prayers are answered and the Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is an excellent resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 Are you currently a smoker? Take our quick poll! 

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what is your story question

Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.

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The Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is an excellent resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 Are you currently a smoker? Take our quick poll! 

 

 

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This Quit Story comes from Mrs. Gardner, an employee of LeMoyne-Owen College.

 

When I was a very little girl, I would always see my mother smoking that white paper that was burning on the end.

I thought how silly and bad that was for her. I would light that cigarette on the stove and carry it to her sometimes just to see what the rave was all about, I didn’t like it. I used to look at her and wonder what that was all about, putting that white paper between her lips and blowing  smoke through her nose. How did she do that? I was always puzzled, yet somehow impressed!

As time when on, I became a teenager and was still smoke free, and then upon graduation from high school, I entered college and was still smoke free. I entered into a relationship with my first husband that was truly not healthy, and out of nowhere, I was buying cigarettes and engaging to enter the smoking scene. I used them as a crutch when life got hard.

I eventually was successful and I smoked for over thirty (30) years about 2½ packs of cigarettes a day. I really, really, really LOVED it!!!! I would rather have smoked than eaten any day.

In 1986 my father died from lung cancer. It was horrible, but I thought, “Well, he was 68 years old,” and I convinced myself that he was old enough to die.

In 1987, to the day, my mother died from lung cancer, but I also believed that she was 59 years old and yet again made myself accept that she, too, was old and old people die, regardless.

In 2007, my first husband was admitted into the hospital, and I decided to visit him along with my second husband. When we entered the room, there was a very large tube lunged into his throat to assist him with his shallow breathing. It was very, very disturbing to see his not being able to breathe on his own with his lungs. I left totally and completely devastated, and it was then and there that I vowed that I did not want any doctor to advise me stop smoking; I had sense enough to care about me on my own.  Please, please do not allow yourself to be convinced by yourself that you “must die from something.” But you might just extend your chances of living a very long life by many, many years by stopping smoking now!!! You can do it!! I sincerely believe that my first husband’s death helped me to see the light!!

Trust me when I say that God gave to us our lungs to breathe the precious breath of life, not to blow smoke through.  And I then said to God, “I hear you.” I have been SMOKE FREE since May 2007, with no desire to engage in smoking again. Yes, there are many problems, and we truly think by lighting a cigarette, it will make it better. But the real truth is, it just might add to the problem down the road!!

Thank you God for strengthening me as only He could.

 

what is your story questionHas your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.

New Hopes!!!

New is the year, new are the hopes; new is the resolution for us to help you put down your smokes!

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The Shelby County Health Department will host Freedom from Smoking classes starting Tuesday January 05, 2016. Shelby County Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention Program offers free cessation classes via the Freedom from Smoking program to Shelby county residents who are looking to become tobacco free. Freedom from Smoking is an evidence-based smoking cessation program offering a systematic approach to quitting smoking that focuses on behavior change. Instead of concentrating on the negative effects of smoking, Freedom from Smoking highlights the positive effects of quitting smoking, including improved health and lifestyle. Participants in Freedom from Smoking attend eight community-based sessions within seven weeks. All class materials are provided in the first sessions with no charge to the participant. The sessions have two facilitators and a maximum of 16 participants. The first three sessions are considered part of the “Preparation Phase”. Session 4 is “Quit Day”. The sessions that follow are the same “Maintenance Phase” designed to support participants through a difficult behavior change and to focus on techniques to maintain permanent smoke free status. The facilitator’s task is to help create a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking with each program participant. The goal is to get participants focused on how to quit smoking and how to maintain abstinence. If you or a loved one may be interested in the Freedom from Smoking please contact Courtney Tipper at 901-222-9274.

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Shelby County Health Department

Class Day: Tuesday Nights

Start Date: January 05, 2016

End Date: February 16, 2016