LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The U.S. Surgeon General has said, “Smoking cessation represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.”
No matter how old you are or how long you’ve smoked, quitting can help you live longer and be healthier. According to the American Cancer Society, people who stop smoking before age 50 cut their risk of dying in the next 15 years in half compared with those who keep smoking. Ex-smokers enjoy a higher quality of life. They have fewer illnesses like colds and the flu, lower rates of bronchitis and pneumonia, and feel healthier than people who still smoke.
Quitting smoking can be extremely difficult. Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, is introducing Living Smoke Free, a smoking cessation program, to help smokers overcome the addiction and develop nourishing ways to live smoke free. The five-week drug-free course, which includes a free, follow-up support group, emphasizes stress management and will teach participants calming techniques, meditation and craving control.
Living Smoke Free will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m., beginning May 7 through June 4, at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Cost to participate is $75 per person. Registration is required by calling 1-888-724-7123.
April 22, 2013
CONTACT: Elizabeth Brennan