Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) will host the American Cancer Society’s ‘Fresh Start’ smoking cessation program, a free, four-part clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 15, 17, 22, and 24. The classes will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. in the hospital’s Cancer Care Center conference room. Participants should enter from the cancer center’s main entrance off of Emmett Street.
This program is a behavior modification training that can be used in conjunction with many ‘quit’ methods and nicotine replacement therapies. It consists of four successive lessons that help the participant understand nicotine/tobacco addiction and then to guide her or him to successfully quite the habit. Class topics include ‘Understanding Why and How,’ ‘Mastering the First Few Days,’ ‘Mastering Obstacles’ and ‘ Staying Quit and Enjoying it Forever.’
“Research clearly shows that smoking increases your chances of developing emphysema, heart disease, and lung and other cancers,” says Deb Pierce, RRT of the BBC pulmonary rehabilitation center. “However, quitting smoking, no matter how long you’ve been indulging, does lower your risk of smoking-related diseases, and it does improve your health as well as those around you.”
Anyone resolving to quit smoking in 2013 should call (800) 451-6310 to register for or receive more information about the classes.