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Hospital to offer stop smoking classes
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Effingham Hospital and Care Center will be offering a free smoking cessation class to the public. The four-session class will be held Feb. 21, 24 and 28 and March 3 from 6-7 p.m. in the hospital community room. Spots are limited. Call Melanie Hubbard, RRT, RCP at 912-754-0423 to reserve your seat.

The class is approved and designed by the American Cancer Society. Completion certificates will be awarded on the last day of class. This specific class is approved by most insurance companies for proof of smoking cessation counseling.

The class covers tips and tricks to quitting smoking once and for all. The use of other tobacco products is also discussed in the class.

“There are a wide variety of health problems, from bronchitis, emphysema, cancer, and coronary artery disease that can be caused by smoking,” Hubbard said. “Taking the first steps toward quitting is a great way to improve your overall health and the health of people around you.”

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 46 million adults currently smoke cigarettes. Smoking is linked to at least 11 kinds of cancer and many other health problems. Tobacco use accounts for at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States and tobacco also causes approximately 87 percent of lung cancer deaths.