Cheyenne Regional Medical Center wants to help people quit smoking

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - In Wyoming alone, there are about eight hundred people who die because of smoking every single year. Because of this, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is ramping up efforts to educate the community about the dangers of smoking...and encourage people to quit.

Dr. Muhammad Khan, MD Cheyenne Cardiology, says of smoking, “It is one of the leading preventable causes of death and diseases.”

With such a high percentage of death, CRMC wants to help people kick the habit.

Dr. Khan explains, “When we talk to patients and give them the numbers, they’re very receptive to listening.”

Health experts say smoking can cause cancer in almost any organ in the body and can lead to strokes and premature heart disease.

Dr. Khan says, "If we account for deaths related to HIV, alcohol, drugs, accidents…if we combine all of them…smoking causes actually more deaths.”

It's never too late to stop smoking. Classes are currently going on at the CRMC called, "Commit to Quit." They're meeting on Monday evening until the end of January.

Though sessions have begun, people are encouraged to join in and be taken through a plan to quit.

There is an initial payment; however, as you attend the classes, you get money back, so in the end, the sessions are free.

If you are interested, call 307-633-7060.