Free stop smok­ing classes be­gin Sept. 7

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY -

Smok­ing is the lead­ing cause of pre­ventable death, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC) es­ti­mates more than 16 mil­lion Amer­i­cans live with a dis­ease caused by smok­ing. CHI Memo­rial’s Rees Skillern Cancer In­sti­tute will of­fer a free seven-week Free­dom From Smok­ing ® pro­gram that be­gins Sept. 7, 2017.

Free­dom From Smok­ing ® is an Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion pro­gram that has helped more than one mil­lion Amer­i­cans over­come an ad­dic­tion to nico­tine dur­ing the past 30 years.

The pro­gram helps par­tic­i­pants learn how to beat to­bacco ad­dic­tion, life­style changes that make quit­ting eas­ier, stress man­age­ment, how to avoid weight gain and how to stay smoke-free for good.

Classes meet at CHI In­ter­nal Medicine Group lo­cated at 605 Glen­wood Dr., Suite 300, Chattanooga, TN 37404. The class is of­fered ev­ery Thurs­day for seven weeks from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

The pro­gram is de­signed for a small group set­ting. Any­one who has a de­sire to stop smok­ing should call (423) 495-7778 to reg­is­ter for a class at a lo­ca­tion con­ve­nient to you. There is no charge for the pro­gram.

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