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Smoking cessation classes begin at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital Jan. 15
La Grange – Starting Jan. 15, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital will begin a second year of smoking cessation classes, designed to help anyone looking to kick the habit.

The classes, which cost $129 for members of the public, were developed by the American Lung Association, ALMH Registered Nurse Yadira Mastny said.

“Each class goes seven weeks,” Mastny said. “You meet once a week, with the exception of week four, when you meet twice a week.”

Week four is “Quit Week,” Mastny said, so a second class is designed to provide smokers with a little more support in the days following their final cigarette.

Each session is run as a group meeting, with participants talking about why they wish to quit. Nicotine withdrawal, available medications, stress relief and diet are also all part of the program.

Once the seven-week period ends, participants are given information about available support groups and phone numbers they can call to help beat their cravings.

“The last class chose to exchange emails with the other class members, and they’re doing their own little group that way,” Mastny said.

According to the American Lung Association, its Freedom From Smoking group clinic program started in 1981. In the program, clinic sessions are designed to help individuals control their behavior. “Because no single cessation technique is effective for all smokers, the program includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based cessation techniques,” according to the association.

Each class is limited to 10 people, Mastny said. If there’s available space, people can sign up all the way up to the start of the first class.

After that, those interested must wait until the next series of sessions begins.

The first seven-week series of eight classes begins at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road in La Grange.

The second session of classes starts April 9, the third session starts July 9, and the fourth session starts Oct. 8. To enroll, call the Health Information Line at (630) 856-7525, or Adventist La Grange Cardiac Rehab at (708) 245-3636.

More on the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking program can be found online at www.lung.org.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.

Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.

Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, christopher.lafortune@ahss.org; 630-856-2354



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