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Community Connection - October 2011

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Tobacco cessation hits close to home

In the wake of new Dallas-area, nicotine-free hiring policies, find out how TAMHSC-BCD’s tobacco treatment clinic takes on new importance and how it has changed the lives of three former nicotine users.

Ruby's story

When Ruby felt stressed out by her grandkids, she’d reach for her cigarettes and make a beeline for the front porch of her Mesquite, Texas, home. It was there she’d go for a moment of relaxation, a moment to breathe. These moments — and others throughout her day — added up.

David’s story

A co-worker's persistent nagging initially drove David to seek help from Baylor Tobacco Treatment Services. That was more than two years ago, and he hasn't touched a cigarette since.

Janis' story

By the time Janis decided to enlist the support of the college’s tobacco cessation program, smoking had become ingrained in her everyday routine. First thing in the morning, it was coffee and cigarettes; then there were car rides.

Sneakers whip up support

For the sixth year, runners turned out in droves for Community Dental Care’s Smile Walk and Run fundraiser on Sept. 10 at Bachman Lake in Dallas.

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