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Smoking Cessation

Very few habits are as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes. Studies have shown that cigarettes contribute to heart disease and lung cancer. They're also expensive. So, there are many reasons to quit. Isn't it about time you found yours?


Southeastern Med is proud to offer smoking cessation classes for people living in Cambridge, Ohio and surrounding areas of Guernsey County. FreshStart is our smoking cessation program. It consists of two 2-hour sessions held during a two-week period.

In each session we’ll discuss the most effective methods and activities for successful quitting, but the single most important element is you and your dedication to fight your addiction to nicotine. FreshStart can be the start of a new you; a you without cigarettes.


FreshStart classes are open to the public. To register, please call Kathy Fetzer at 740-435-2946.

Why Quit Now?

There are so many benefits to smoking cessation, but it's really up to you to find the reason that motivates you to quit once and for all.

Smoking cessation improves your:

  • Quality of life
  • Health
  • Cardiovascular function
  • Lung function
  • Sense of taste
  • Sense of smell

Smoking cessation decreases your risk of developing:

  • Emphysema
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Cancer

So, what's your reason for kicking the habit?

What Makes FreshStart Different?

Southeastern Med’s FreshStart is different because it's designed entirely for you, the adult smoker. That means no gimmicks, meaningless group activities or busywork. While we use group interaction to support quitting goals, you are given more attention as an individual than the group process. We address the variety of reasons you might have to smoke, including physical addiction, habit and psychological dependency.

How Does it Work?

Our FreshStart program is designed to help you stop smoking in two weeks. We emphasize that smoking cessation is a two-part process. The first step is quitting. The second step is maintaining your freedom from cigarettes.

Depending on the smoker, one step may be more difficult than the other.  That’s why we give equal time and attention to both processes. The group and your facilitator will help you stop smoking as quickly as possible by giving you new techniques for ending your physical and psychological need to smoke.

Over the course of the FreshStart program, we'll cover the following topics in detail:

  • Quitting Cold Turkey
  • Nicotine Patches
  • Fighting Urges
  • Physical Withdrawal
  • Cessation Benefits
  • Weight Control
  • Stress Management

Remember that you are the key to your own fresh start.

Tips for Quitting

Remove Temptation

  • Get rid of your cigarettes
  • Throw out smoking reminders, including ashtrays, matches and lighters
  • Schedule a day as busy or stress-free as you can make it
  • Avoid situations where the urge to smoke is strong

Seek Support

  • Talk with former smokers about how they quit
  • Tell a friend, family member or co-worker about your plan to quit
  • Find a support group for former smokers in your community

Change Your Routine

  • Drink a glass of water instead of lighting up
  • Take a different route to work
  • Don't sit in your favorite smoking chair or spot
  • Keep busy and avoid idle time
  • Stay in non-smoking areas
  • Take a brisk walk
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat in a different place

Coping with Withdrawal

  • Know that urges don't last and will go away soon
  • Talk with your doctor about medications that can ease withdrawal symptoms
  • Practice deep breathing exercises
  • Brush your teeth instead of smoking
  • Keep your hands busy
  • Think about the negative aspects of smoking
  • Leave the scene for a few minutes when you get an urge
  • Think about an enjoyable activity or a relaxing place to take your mind off the urge
  • Call someone to talk about your feelings
  • Exercise

Change Your Way of Thinking

  • Take it one day, one hour, even one urge at a time
  • Know that just one cigarette will undo all of your hard work
  • Remind yourself of the benefits of quitting
  • Review your progress
  • Give yourself positive messages and rewards
  • Realize that you're gaining control



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