Freedom from Smoking Program

September 11, 2012

Bronson Methodist Hospital is offering a program for smokers who want to quit.


Bronson Methodist Hospital’s Freedom From Smoking® classes begin in October. The program was designed by the American Lung Association using cutting-edge research on addiction and behavior change.


Experts 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 program facilitator, Tonia Atteberry.


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. Those aren’t bad odds for a habit so powerfully addicting… and potentially deadly.


The seven-week, eight-session classes are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education in Kalamazoo on October 2, 9, 16, 23, 25, 30, November 6 and 13.  The $65 cost-per-person includes workbooks and materials.


Bronson’s Gilmore Center is located at 7 Healthcare Plaza on the hospital’s North Campus. Free parking is available in the adjacent Jasper Street Ramp.


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