Smoking cessation classes begin May 5

by | April 30, 2008 12:00 am

Emanuel Medical Center is taking steps to help individuals kick the smoking habit by offering FreshStart Smoking Cessation classes. The next new session will begin Monday, May 5. The classes are held each Monday (with the exception of every 5th Monday) from 12:15 – 1:15 PM. Mr. Bob Neil, LPC is the facilitator. There is no charge to attend and the classes are open to the public.

“Freshstart is the American Cancer Society’s quit smoking program,” said Bob Neil. “It is designed to help individuals stop smoking and emphasizes that smoking cessation is a two-part process: (1) stopping and (2) staying stopped.”

It is a scientific fact that quitting smoking, no matter how long you have been smoking, does decrease your risk of smoking-related diseases and it does improve your health. Five years after quitting, the risk of lung cancer decreases by almost half. People who quit smoking experience improved cardiovascular function, which means lower blood pressure and more energy. They also enjoy a renewed sense of taste and smell.

To register or for more information contact Mrs. Beth Hudson, Director Community Relations, 478-289-1356. Classes will be held in Emanuel Medical Center’s classroom.

To protect and promote good health, Emanuel Medical Center is now a tobacco- free campus. Smoking and the use of other tobacco products is not permitted anywhere on hospital property, both inside or outside.

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