CHI Memorial Offers Free Program to Help Locals Quit Smoking

Every year, tobacco is linked to more than 480,000 deaths in the U.S., which is why CHI Memorial’s Rees Skillern Cancer Institute is offering assistance to help local smokers quit for good.

The program is called Freedom from Smoking, and was started by the American Lung Association. Freedom from Sharing is a completely free, eight week, course that helps participants  learn how to overcome tobacco addiction.

Freedom from Smoking was offered by the hospital years ago, and now it’s back permanently by popular demand, “More people are interested in quitting,” said Gerre Schwert, clinical social worker in oncology, “Their work places don’t want them to smoke, and public places don’t allow smoking.”

The courses are offered in a small group setting, which according to the American Lung Association, can help people quit at a much higher rate. “We do a lot of stress reduction, because when people have quit in the past, the reason they picked the cigarette back up is that something stressful has happened.”

Experts like Schwert, say as soon as you quit, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking instantly. In fact, after just 20 minutes of quitting your heart rate will drop to a normal level.

The program begins next Wednesday, March 2, 2016, and will last for eight sessions. The group meets once a week from noon to 1:30. To register for a the Freedom from Smoking course, call 423-495-7778.

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