Tobacco Free Resources
HOW TO QUIT
Are you ready to quit using tobacco products? You don't have to do it alone. We have tips and programs to help you kick the habit.
MACC supports employees and students who want to quit using tobacco products by offering individual and group treatment programs at no cost for one series of classes, including nicotine-replacement products.
For employees and students who do not want to quit but need help to feel more comfortable at work or during class, nicotine replacement gum and other products may be purchased at nearby convenience stores. Other options may be available to you under your health-benefits program.
BENEFITS OF QUITTING
- Improved blood circulation.
- Improved senses of taste and smell.
- More stamina and energy.
- More money.
- Reduced risk of diseases such as emphysema, heart disease and cancers.
- Improved self-image and self-respect.
- Whiter teeth and fresher breath.
- Better smelling hair, clothes, home and car.
- No more worrying about when, where and how you'll get your next cigarette.
- Use your support program.
- Stay busy.
- Avoid tempting situations.
- Find new things to do.
- Remember the rewards of quitting.
- If you quit a pack-a-day smoking habit, you can save about $2,000 per year.
- If nobody smoked, one of every three cancer deaths in the United States could be prevented.
- Diabetics who quit smoking have better control over their blood sugar levels.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Student Assistance Program (SAP)
The EAP/SAP is a free and confidential service designed to help students and employees with personal or work/life balance issues. Common issues include: stress management, depression or anxiety, relationship problems, chemical dependency, domestic violence, career frustration, elder care resources, financial concerns, legal assistance, nutrition/health, etc. Call toll free (800) 832-8302 or (314) 845-8302.
In person Tobacco Cessation Classes:
Macon, Edina and Kirksville Area Residents:
Preferred Family Healthcare
The Freedom from Smoking (FFS) Program from the American Lung is known as being the "Gold Standard" in smoking cessation. This 7 week (8 session) course teaches participants how to become non-smokers through various behavior change activities and group support. We understand that everyone's smoking habits are different, therefore, we help you make an individualized quit plan to meet your needs. Not only do we teach people to quit, we help them combat the effects of quitting like weight gain and withdrawal. In addition to many education tools, we also provide at least 1 month of nicotine replacement therapy, physician consultation, and pharmacist consultation all free of charge. Our program has had a consistent success rate of 25% which is about 10% higher than the national average.
Moberly Area Residents:
Randolph County Health Department:
Quit Smoking classes are offered by the Randolph County Health Department either at their location or at MACC. Classes are held in the afternoons or evenings. Classes are $35/person and 6 weeks long, and meet once a week for an hour. You don't have to try to quit smoking until the 3rd week of class. The first few weeks the class discusses making a plan, including learning about all the nicotine replacement options, figuring out your triggers, and introducing distraction techniques. Other topics in the class include stress and weight management and relapse prevention. Participants may be eligible for a 2-week supply of patches or gum if they come to all classes. Also check out “Nicotine Anonymous Randolph County” on Facebook for tips and info online. Contact 660-263-6643 ext. 3020 for details.
Columbia Area Residents:
Columbia Health Department
The Columbia Health Department offers free online and in person cessation classes. Call their nurses at 573.874.7356. They'll talk to you about the program, which includes a free counseling session and a free box of patches. This program is free and available to all Boone County residents.
Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services
1005 West Worley
Open Quit Smoking sessions to the public.
Harry S Truman Memorial VA Hospital
Dr. Joe Hinkebein, Lead Tobacco Cessation Clinician
Active military and veterans only. Referrals from Physician are required.
Hannibal Area Residents:
James E. Carey Cancer Center, Hannibal Regional Hospital.
The Break Free- Freedom from Smoking classes are a four-week series offered for FREE to participants and feature one-on-one counseling, peer support, education, web resources, and information on tobacco replacement products. For a list of upcoming Break Free classes and class registration,
Mexico Area Residents:
Sandra, Audrain County Health Department (573) 581-1332 ext. 25
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