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Lake Regional Hosts Freedom From Smoking® on Saturdays in January, February

Monday, November 27, 2017

Most smokers know they need to quit smoking, but many don’t know how to succeed. To empower smokers who want to quit now, Lake Regional Health System will host the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program on Saturdays in January and February.

The course will be taught in eight sessions, scheduled 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 6 through Feb. 24. The program cost is $25. Participants from previous classes are welcome at no charge.

“Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, and Lake Regional is committed to helping people in our community overcome this addiction,” said Jennifer Newman, director of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. “No matter how long you have smoked, it’s never too late to quit.”

Because no single quit technique is effective for all smokers, the Freedom From Smoking® program includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based cessation techniques. The curriculum also includes the latest research about nicotine replacement therapy (gum, inhalers, patches, lozenges and nasal spray) and other smoking cessation medications.

Since it was first introduced more than 35 years ago, the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program has helped hundreds of thousands of Americans end their addictions to nicotine and begin new smoke-free lives. Ranked the most effective smoking cessation program in a study by Fordham University Graduate School of Business, Freedom From Smoking® is based on proven addiction and behavior change models. Up to 60 percent of participants who combine the program with smoking cessation medication report having quit smoking by the end of the program.

Registration is required; to register, visit or call 573.302.2282. The program cost of $25 is required at the first class. Cash or checks — no credit cards — will be accepted.

Lake Regional offers a variety of educational programming throughout the year, including free health talks on such topics as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Several health fairs and screenings also are held annually throughout the lake area. For information on upcoming events, visit