Smoking cessation classes start May 3

Published Apr 23, 2018 at 4:00pm

Rome Memorial Hospital will begin a free three-week series of smoking cessation classes on Thursday, May 3. Registration is required by May 1.

The program will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting May 3 and ending on May 17, in the hospital’s classroom, 1500 N. James St. Use the Bartlett Wing entrance off East Oak Street for parking and access to the second floor classroom. Register and earn a $20 grocery gift card upon completion of the program.

“Regardless of how long you have smoked, it is never too late to quit smoking, improve your health and quality of life, and protect the health of loved ones,” said Rome Memorial Hospital Cardiopulmonary Service Line Administrator Eileen G. Luley. “When you stop smoking, major health benefits for you start right away and you’ll be helping family and friends reduce the health risks associated with breathing secondhand smoke.”

Teaching the class is Rome Memorial Hospital Respiratory Therapist Sharin Chrzanowski. She has been trained through the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart smoking cessation program. Participants should plan to attend all three sessions for best results. 

Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call the Education Department at 315-338-7143 on or before Tuesday, May 1 to register. The class is open to adults 18 and older.  

“No doubt about it – quitting smoking is difficult. But, you don’t have to do it alone,” said Luley. “When people make the decision to quit smoking, we want to be there to help.”

The program is in collaboration with the Oneida County Health Department. The classes offer the information and encouragement people need to understand the addiction and the tools that are available to help them overcome the challenges.

Smoking cessation class participants may be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement patches provided through The New York State Smokers Quitline. It would be advantageous to call Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS before attending the first class to receive the free “start kit” of nicotine replacement patches. 

“We see the adverse effects of smoking on our patients, including various forms of cancer, chronic lung disease and coronary heart disease,” Luley continued.“But, the risk of lung cancer and other smoking-related illnesses can be reduced if you quit smoking.”

Research shows that 70 percent of all smokers want to quit. With some help and determination, people can quit smoking.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about smoking cessation can call 315-338-7143 or contact the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 866-NY-QUITS or www.nysmokefree.com.