Beat Tobacco is a smoking cessation program led and sponsored by IU Health Bloomington Hospital, designed to educate and support you in your decision to be tobacco free.
The classes are taught by Monroe County Tobacco Coalition educators from IU Health Bloomington Hospital and the Monroe County Health Department who have received training on how to help people quit tobacco.
They understand the struggles and side effects of tobacco cessation and have an extended knowledge base to give you options on how to successfully quit.
What benefits will I see when I quit using tobacco?
According to the American Cancer Society, within 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette, your body will begin a series of gradual changes, including:
- Blood pressure and skin temperature return to normal
- Ability to smell and taste is enhanced
- Coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue decrease
- Energy level increases
- Risk of cancer to mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases
- Chance of heart attack decreases
The free tobacco cessation program offers:
- Different methods for different people. Not everyone is the same, and not everyone can quit using the same methods. You’ll be given a variety of options, as well as tips on how to battle common side effects.
- Guidance provided by trained tobacco educators. They will also offer you support when needed.
- Encouragement to keep trying, even though you may have tried previously to quit. The class environment gives you a chance to encourage as well as receive encouragement from other participants.
- Multiple weekly meetings that cover a multitude of topics from quitting strategies and relaxation techniques to weight gain and relapse prevention.
Can't make it to a class?
Call the free Indiana Tobacco Quitline: 1.800.QUIT.NOW