Cartersville, GA; March 11, 2015:  Cartersville Medical Center will host two separate tobacco cessation classes in March.  The classes, led by Sandra Bethune, Georgia Department of Public Health, are free of charge and open to anyone interested in quitting tobacco, including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

“According to the CDC, people who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. Although the health benefits are greater for people who stop at earlier ages, there are benefits at any age.  You are never too old to quit,” says Kim Hogan, RN, evidence based coordinator at Cartersville Medical Center.

Hogan references the CDC website ( which includes information about the health benefits of quitting tobacco.

According to the website, stopping smoking is associated with the following health benefits:

  • Lowered risk for lung cancer and many other types of cancer.
  • Reduced risk for heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease (narrowing of the blood vessels outside your heart).
  • Reduced heart disease risk within 1 to 2 years of quitting.
  • Reduced respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. While these symptoms may not disappear, they do not continue to progress at the same rate among people who quit compared with those who continue to smoke.
  • Reduced risk of developing some lung diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, one of the leading causes of death in the United States).
  • Reduced risk for infertility in women of childbearing age. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birth weight baby.

Classes will be offered Monday, March 23 and Monday, March 30, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. in Classroom 2 at Cartersville Medical