Smoking Cessation

Tobacco-Use Cessation Program

The Jackson County Health Department wants to prevent, promote and protect Jackson County residents against public health issues and assist our county in becoming a healthier place to live.

The Health Department is partnering with Schneck Medical Center to offer a six-week tobacco education/cessation program for anyone 18 years of age or older who wishes to stop using tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars and chew. Classes are held in the Schneck Medical Center facility and classes are led by certified instructors using the Fresh Start (American Cancer Society) curriculum. Four weeks of nicotine replacement patches are available at no cost for those requesting this service.

How to get signed up: Call our Public Health Coordinator at 522-6474 or email She'll talk to you about our program, which includes a 6 eek group education/cessation class that includes 4 weeks of free nicotine replacement patches.

Other resources are available to help:

· 1-800-QUIT-NOW

· Indiana Department of Health,

· American Cancer Society,

· American Lung Association's online smoking cessation:

· Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,






The Facts 
·         There are more than 600 ingredients in a cigarette other than tobacco.  50 of those are
        known to cause cancer.
·         Each day, nearly 1,000 kids under the age of 18 will start smoking.  
        1,800 adults will also start.
·         On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers.
·         Cigarettes cause more than one in five American deaths.
·         Over 400,000 people die each year from smoking related illnesses, including those affected
        indirectly such as babies born prematurely due to mom’s smoking during pregnancy.
·         Nearly 50,000 nonsmokers die annual from second-hand smoke exposure.
What does smoking cost you?
At $4.14 per pack, if you smoke one pack of cigarettes a day, that's over $125 a month. In one year, you've spent almost $1600 on cigarettes. That's enough to go on a vacation or buy a new TV! If you continue that "pack a day" habit for 25 years, you will spend over $38,000 buying cigarettes.
What happens to my body when I stop smoking?
·         Within 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal levels.
·         Within eight hours, the oxygen in your blood rises to a normal level.
·         Within three days, breathing becomes easier.
·         From two weeks to three months, your circulation improves and you will have more energy.