cessation sessions offered
According to Faunda Butler, Respiratory Therapist, St. Mary’s Hospital will be offering free smoking cessation class on four Wednesday evenings throughout August beginning Wednesday, August 5. Her curriculum uses the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program. Each class will be held from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Cottonwood Medical Clinic reception area. The hour long sessions will be held Wednesday, August 5, 12,19 and 26th.
“We’ve had success with people using the Freshstart Program. It seems effective for people who have made previous attempts and for those wanting to quit for the first time. Anyone interested in quitting and staying quit should plan on attending all four sessions,” said Butler.
The Freshstart program recognizes that smoking cessation is a two part process. One is stopping and, two, is staying stopped. According to the ACS, Freshstart addresses both processes through the use of new techniques for ending the physical and psychological need to smoke. Topics covered include quitting cold turkey, use of the nicotine patch, fighting urges to smoke, addressing physical symptoms of withdrawal, weight control and stress management during the process. ACS provides a kit with materials for use in the classes and at home.
To register for the class call SMHC, 962-3251 ext 1403 and leave your name and phone number. Registration is recommended, but not required.