Need Some Help Quitting the Habit?

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(Memphis) For many, 2013 represents a chance to get healthy and quit some bad habits.

Baptist Memorial Hospital is trying to make it a little bit easier for those who want to give up cigarettes with free community seminars.

Baptist has partnered with Vanderbilt Cancer Center to offer the smoking cessation seminars.

The first one is next Tuesday.

The seminars will focus on the dangers of smoking and programs designed to help you quit.

Oncologist say in addition to lung cancer there is a strong connection to smoking and heart disease, but say it’s never too late to quit.

“Even if the worst has happened, they have had a heart attack, stroke or cancer, it’s never too late. It still makes sense. There is still a significant health benefit derived from quitting smoking,” said Dr. Raymond Osarogiagbon.

Jan Tarbox, a respiratory therapy manager at Baptist Desoto, gave up smoking two years ago with lots of prayers and support from co-workers.

Tarbox says about three weeks in she began feeling better.

“I never had coughing or any of the symptoms, but I felt the heaviness not on my chest and when you get so used to feeling the way you do when you are a smoker you never realize what is there until it is taking away,” said Tarbox.

The hospital also plans to discuss new screenings to detect lung cancer earlier.

The Smoking Cessation Seminar will held at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis Education Center at 6027 Walnut Grove Medical Plaza 2, first floor, classrooms BEC 3-5.

The seminar runs from 6-7:30 p.m.

For more information or to register click here.