Trying to quit smoking? Sign up now for Fulton County’s free classes

Fulton County wants to help its residents kick cigarettes. 

The county will offer classes that follow the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking program. 

Smoking is on the decline nationally and the percentage of smokers in Fulton County — 13 percent — is lower than the national average of 16.8 percent, according to a press release. 

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Eight classes will be held over October and November. The classes will take place at the Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 265 Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following days:

Oct. 5: Thinking About Quitting

Oct. 12: On the Road to Freedom

Oct. 17: Wanting to Quit

Oct. 19: Quit Day

Oct. 27: Winning Strategies   

Nov. 2: The New You

Nov. 9: Staying Off

Nov. 16: Celebration

If you miss the first class, you may still attend later classes during this course. 

For information on the smoking cessation classes, contact Health Program Administrator Kristin Dixon at or 404-612-1688. 

Fulton County plans to offer the course multiple times again in the future, based on demand. The locations and schedules for future sessions will be announced later. 

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After 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal In one year, your risk of coronary heart disease becomes about half that of a smoker's At the 15-year mark of not smoking, your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker's Quitting smoking really increases the odds of having a family At about age 30, people who quit smoking gain almost 10 years of life expectancy At about age 50, they gain 6 years of life expectancy Smoking increases the risk of stroke by two to four t

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