FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (December 30, 2011)—This holiday season, scores of Georgians will make New Year’s resolutions to quit smoking. Sadly, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show less than three percent of smokers successfully quit on their own. To combat those odds, Piedmont Fayette Hospital is offering the first of several six-week smoking cessation clinics in 2012. The 90-minute sessions begin Tuesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. Cost for the entire course is only $25 to cover materials.
“Smoking is a leading cause of preventable death in Georgia and Piedmont Fayette Hospital is committed to doing our part for the safety of patients and our community by eliminating tobacco use on hospital property beginning in May 2012,” says Freedom From Smoking facilitator, Michelle Sullivan, RRT. “For those individuals who wish to stop smoking for good, these classes are led by specially trained, American Lung Association instructors who understand the smoking addiction and can provide the best support for each participant.”
More than 1.4 million adults in metro Atlanta smoke cigarettes and the Georgia Department of Public Health attributes one out of every six deaths, or more than 10,300 adult Georgians, to tobacco-related diseases. In addition, approximately $1.8 billion in healthcare costs among adults aged 18 years and older are attributed to tobacco use. Beginning May 21, 2012, Piedmont Fayette Hospital will join hospitals across the state and around the country in prohibiting all tobacco use on hospital property.
Freedom From Smoking clinic classes use a positive behavior approach to demonstrate ways for participants to become nonsmokers. Facilitators understand nicotine addiction and offer solutions that greatly increase each individual’s chances of success. Participants are encouraged to pick a quit date and stick to it. Exercise, diet and sleep are also highlighted as ways to reduce the stress of quitting. But most importantly, the classroom environment helps ensure that no one has to quit alone.
The first round of classes are held at Piedmont Fayette Hospital each Tuesday, beginning January 10 and ending February 14. An additional class will be held Thursday January 26 at 6 p.m.
Space in the class is limited, so call Link 2 Health at 1-866-900-4321 to register as soon as possible. For questions or a complete course schedule, call 770-719-6258 or visit piedmontfayette.org.