Are you a smoker? If so, are you ready to quit for good? Quitting may be easier than you thought. Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 430,700 American lives each year and costs the United States approximately $150 billion each year in health-care costs and lost productivity. It is also directly responsible for 87 percent of lung cancer cases and causes most cases of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. However, close to 45 million Americans have quit smoking over the past years.
This Freedom from Smoking class is being made possible by Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital, Cherokee Community Health and Dr. Stephen Veit's office. The instructors, Beth James RN, Kala Knight RN/BSN and Lori Mein ARNP are all American Lung Certified Instructors and will provide support through the smoking cessation process.
Several benefits will be recognized upon successful completion of this program including lower blood pressure, decreased chance of a heart attack and reduced coughing, sinus and bronchial congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath. There will also be significant improvement in the sense of smell and taste.
There will be 7 group sessions, starting Tuesday, March 29 running through May 10. These meetings will start at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Education Room at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital (next to the cafeteria). The exact dates for the classes are March 29, April 5, April 12, April 14, April 19, April 26 and May 10.
The cost of the program is $25, due at the first meeting. However, participants who attend all 7 sessions will receive a complete refund of this fee. It is crucial to attend all 7 sessions to ensure the full effect of the program. To register for this class or to receive additional information, call Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital at 225-3368 extension 200 or Cherokee Community Health at 225-6718. All participants must pre-register for this program.