Was your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking?

Already broken your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking? Get back on track with the “Freedom from Smoking” program being offered at Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s LifeFit Wellness Center.

Developed by the American Lung Association, it’s considered the “gold standard” in smoking cessation programs, offering you your best chance at kicking the habit for good. Classes will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. each Tuesday from Jan. 24 through March 6.

“Smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease,” said Program Coordinator Kitty Parker, a Beaufort Memorial respiratory therapist with 30 years experience treating patients with smoking-related illnesses. “What better way to start the New Year than by quitting the habit and improving your health.”

In the first three classes, 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.

During the eight-class program, they’ll watch several DVDs and receive a Freedom From Smoking workbook, a relaxation CD and various helpful handouts.

Cost for the course is $60. Class size is limited, so reserve your seat soon. To sign up, call 843-522-5635.

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