Bronson Freedom from Smoking Program Begins This Month

February 16, 2012

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times,” Mark Twain famously joked. For smokers like Twain who confidently resolve to kick the habit only to find themselves helpless against the urge to light up, there may be a solution.


Classes for Bronson Methodist Hospital’s Freedom From Smoking® program begin this month. The program was designed by the American Lung Association using cutting-edge research on addiction and behavior change. Studies evaluating the 25-year-old program’s results show that participants are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who try to quit on their own.


Experts from Bronson will work with each smoker to create a personalized plan for quitting. “Participants learn what triggers their smoking, when they’re most likely to smoke and the best way to approach the quitting process,” according to Bronson program facilitator, Tonia Atteberry.


The 7-week, 8-session classes are scheduled from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on February 28, March 6, 15, 20, 22, 27, April 3, and 10 at the Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education in Kalamazoo. The $65 cost-per-person includes workbooks and materials.


Visit www.bronsonhealth.com/classes or call (269) 341-6947 to register.