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Freedom From Smoking Class Offered This Fall

Classes and Support Groups

Sonora Regional Medical Center is offering a seven-week Freedom From Smoking course this fall. The course begins on Tuesday, August 18. Classes will meet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday and one Thursday at the Live Well Be Well Center in Sonora.

The top ten reasons to quit smoking, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, are:

  1. Reduce chances of heart attack or stroke
  2. Reduce chances of lung cancer, emphysema and other lung diseases
  3. Have better smelling clothes, hair, breath, home and car
  4. Climb stairs and walk without getting out of breath
  5. Have fewer wrinkles
  6. Be free of morning cough
  7. Reduce number of coughs, colds and earaches your child will have
  8. Have more energy to pursue enjoyable physical activities
  9. Save money from not buying cigarettes and have money to buy other things
  10. Have more control over your life

Class participants will learn how to overcome tobacco addition and start enjoying the benefits of better health. Topics will include: medicines that can help with quitting, lifestyle changes that make quitting easier, preparing for quit day, managing stress, avoiding weight gain, developing a new self-image and staying smoke free for good.

This class is covered by most private insurances and Medicare. For those without insurance or whose insurance does not cover the class, $50 scholarships and discounts are available.

For more information or to register for the course, please call (209) 536-3726.