|VW Hospital offering free cessation program for smokers|
|Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:54 AM|
VAN WERT– One of the toughest, yet most important steps toward a healthier life is to give up smoking. Van Wert Hospital is teaming with the American Cancer Society to provide a free way for local residents to quit.
According to an American Cancer Society report, smokers who quit can expect to live up to 10 years longer than those who continue to smoke. Quitting is hard, but smokers can increase their chances of success with help.
The American Cancer Society’s FreshStart program is designed to help participants stop smoking by providing them with all of the essential information and strategies needed to direct their own efforts at stopping. The program focuses on an active pragmatic approach to quitting smoking through active participation and group support. Participants are encouraged to apply what they learn in FreshStart to other aspects of their lives.
The program will meet on Tuesdays from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. beginning April 2, and runns through April 23. Sessions meet at Van Wert Hospital, 1250 S. Washington St. Interested individuals may register for this free series by calling 419-238-2390, extension 345.
Research shows that much of the risk of premature death from smoking could be prevented by quitting. Smokers who quit, regardless of age, live longer than people who continue to smoke. Smokers who quit reduce their risk of lung cancer – 10 years after quitting, the lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s.
Quitting also lowers the risk for other major diseases, including heart disease and stroke.
“Quitting smoking is an important step towards reducing your cancer risk and celebrating more birthdays,” said Marybeth Torsell, health initiatives representative. “The FreshStart program provides great tips and tools to help you beat the urge to smoke. There has never been a better time to quit!”