The American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smokeout,” which always takes place the 3rd Thursday of November, is meant to be a motivator. The idea is if you can quit smoking for a day, then hopefully it will help you to kindle a plan to try it for the long run. The good news is that it’s never too late to quit smoking. The sooner you quit, the more you can reduce your risk of getting cancer or COPD!
In the more than 50 years since the Surgeon General’s first report on smoking and health, cigarette smoking among U.S. adults has been reduced by approximately half. Nonetheless, since 1964, the year of that first report, an estimated 20 million persons have died because of smoking.
If you smoke, do you want to take an important step toward a healthier life, toward reducing your cancer risk? Westmed will again be offering the Freedom from Smoking (FFS) 8-week clinic program this winter, which is based on the American Lung Association’s group model. Do you want to encourage someone you know to make a plan to quit? Tell them about this program that’s been proven to be effective.
8 WEEKS: Every Tuesday from February 27 to April 10th with one Thursday session on March 22
TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 171 Huguenot St, New Rochelle, NY
COST: $50 for 8 weekly sessions
About the Program: Freedom from Smoking from the American Lung Association, which Westmed is using, offers a structured, systematic approach to quitting smoking with a certified facilitator and other people who are taking the step to quit smoking right along with you. You’ll choose a quit date, build a plan to support your efforts, plus learn coping strategies for stress management and to avoid weight gain.
The facilitators are: WMG’s Angela Gourchane, RN, MPH, director of clinical operations for internal medicine and medical specialties, and Robert Ramirez, LPN, associate clinical manager, internal medicine.
TO REGISTER: Please call (914) 831-4100 to reserve your place.