An Effective Way for Smokers to Overcome their Tobacco Addiction - Bronson Healthcare

Published on April 21, 2010

An Effective Way for Smokers to Overcome their Tobacco Addiction

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Michigan's law banning smoking in all indoor workplaces including restaurants, bowling alleys and bars goes into effect May 1, 2010. If you are ready to quit smoking, Bronson Methodist Hospital can help.

Bronson will be offering the Freedom From Smoking(r) program, a 7-week, 8-session smoking cessation class for adults. Meetings will be held on May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 10, 15, 22, and 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education, 7 Healthcare Plaza, Kalamazoo. The cost is $100 per person and includes workbooks and materials.

As America's gold standard smoking cessation program for more than 25 years, Freedom From Smoking(r) helps participants create personalized plans to overcome their tobacco addiction.

With a recent new edition, the program is based on the latest research on addiction and behavior change. It approaches the difficulties of quitting with a sensitive, supportive style. Studies show that people who use the program are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who try to quit on their own.

According to Tonia Atteberry, Freedom From Smoking(r) facilitator at Bronson, the program is especially helpful because "participants learn what triggers their smoking, when they're most likely to smoke, and the best way to approach the quitting process."

The public can enroll in the program by visiting or by calling (269) 341-6947.