Freedom from Smoking Class Offered Free at St. Luke's Hospital

Are you sick and tired of smoking? Do you want and need to quit smoking? You can start the New Year off right when you resolve to kick the costly habit.

Freedom From Smoking, an eight-week program sponsored by St. Luke's Hospital, is designed to help people successfully stop smoking to improve their health and lower their medical costs associated with smoking and second-hand smoking.

"Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death as well as preventable disease in the United States," says Jim Karcanes, Respiratory Therapist and facilitator of the Freedom From Smoking course. "According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 440,000 people die prematurely each year from smoking-related diseases. This is more than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, car crashes, fires and AIDS combined."

Freedom From Smoking is a comprehensive program of the American Lung Association that addresses topics of addiction; cessation products; tips, techniques and reasons to quit; benefits of quitting; and weight and hunger control. This course is being offered FREE of charge!

"Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits, reducing the risks for diseases caused by smoking and improving health in general," says Karcanes. "Within minutes and hours after smokers inhale that last cigarette, their bodies begin a series of changes that continue for years. Among these health improvements are a drop in heart rate, improved circulation, and reduced risk of heart attack, lung cancer and stroke. By quitting today, smokers can assure a healthier tomorrow. This program really works!"

Are you ready to be healthier and smoke free? Ready to quit for the ones you love? Call 894-0972 to sign up today! The classes are free, but space is limited.

Classes will be held Jan. 6, 13, 20, 22, 27 and Feb. 3, 10 17, from 6 - 7 p.m., at St. Luke's Hospital.

St. Luke's Hospital is a private, not-for-profit community hospital committed to providing exceptional care, close to home.