Smoking Cessation Program Offered

11/13/12

Quit Smoking Through Winchester Hospital's Smoking Cessation Program

For 37 years, the American Cancer Society has been holding the Great American Smokeout to encourage people to quit smoking. This year, the event will be taking place on Nov. 15.

In recognition of the Great American Smokeout, the Winchester Hospital Community Health Institute is offering to help smokers quit through its smoking cessation program. This program works with smokers to help identify habits and provide tailored treatment plans. The goal is to have all participants smoke-free by week seven.

The seven-week class meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Baldwin Park I, 12 Alfred St., Suite 207 in Woburn. Participants will work with a trained facilitator who will help evaluate smoking habits, discuss the barriers of quitting, customize treatment plans, provide encouragement and guide the group into a smoke-free lifestyle.

More than 20 percent of the American population smokes, according to the American Lung Association. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable and premature death in the United States. Smoking is responsible for approximately one in fives deaths within the U.S. Smoking reduces the life expectancy for males by 13.2 years and by 14.5 years for females.

The cost for the seven-week program is $135. To sign up or to learn more, call the Winchester Hospital Community Health Institute at (781) 756-4700.

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About Winchester Hospital’s Community Health Institute

Winchester Hospital’s Community Health Institute is committed to helping community members take responsibility for their health and well-being by offering the education and resources that change lives. Established in 1996, the Community Health Institute provides more than 30 programs and services throughout the year, with offerings in disease management, childbirth, integrative therapies, fitness, yoga, Tai Chi/Qi Gong, CPR and first aid, weight management, career services and support groups. The institute is also home to two retail services: A Caring Place, which features wigs, bras, prostheses and head coverings for women living with cancer; and the Lactation Center Boutique, which offers the highest quality breastfeeding supplies and support. Unless otherwise indicated within the program’s description, for more information or to register, please call the Community Health Institute at (781) 756-4700 or visit www.winchesterhospital.org/chi.