Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and in Georgia. The Coastal Health District is committed to preventing initiation of tobacco use and helping our smokers to quit. We are also dedicated to ensuring smoke-free air in schools, public parks and indoor places of employment, particularly for infants, children, pregnant women and citizens with asthma and/or other chronic respiratory diseases (those who are at highest risk for illnesses resultant from exposure to second-hand smoke).
At the Coastal Health District we understand that tobacco is addictive and that quitting is difficult. Our goals are to help those who want to quit, quit for good; discourage tobacco usage among those who don’t currently use tobacco; and to help all of our citizens lead healthy, tobacco-free lives.
We offer smoking cessation classes using Freshstart, the American Cancer Society’s smoking cessation program. It is designed to equip tobacco users with the tools they will need to quit for good. Freshstart classes cover topics including stress management, the benefits of quitting smoking, methods of quitting smoking, and avoiding a return to smoking.