Hospital to offer Freedom from Smoking program

If you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking, now is the time to get back on track with the “Freedom from Smoking” program being offered by Beaufort Memorial LifeFit Wellness Services later this month.

Developed by the American Lung Association and considered the “gold standard” in smoking cessation programs, “Freedom from Smoking” offers participants the best chance at kicking the habit for good.

Classes will be held Mondays 5:30 to 7 p.m., February 24 through April 7 in Room 449 of the Beaufort Medical and Administrative Center at 990 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, directly across the street from the main hospital campus. An extra support session is offered on Wednesday, March 19 — two days after “quit day” — to help ensure class members don’t break down and light up.

“Smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease,” said Mark Senn, senior director of LifeFit Wellness Services. “Here’s a way to quit the habit and improve your health.”

In the first three classes, taught by a certified Freedom from Smoking instructor from the Beaufort County Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, participants will examine their own patterns of smoking, learn how to handle triggers and urges and receive training on stress management techniques that can help them get through the quitting process and life after cigarettes.

Participants will receive a “Freedom from Smoking” workbook, a relaxation CD and various helpful handouts.

The cost for the course is $30. Class size is limited, so reservations are required. To register, call 843-522-5570.

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