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Smoke Free

Fight Back: It's Time to ‘Beat the Pack' 

So, you're a smoker. You know the dangers. The problem is you feel fine, so you put if off for another year.

Therein lies the problem: often times there are no symptoms during the early stages of lung cancer. You may think everything is fine. The reality may be quite different. Don't let this happen to you!

To help you "Beat the Pack," Lakeland Health offers the Smoke-Free Life program. Monthly one-hour presentations will explore the health risks of smoking, the benefits of quitting, the reasons why it's so difficult to quit, and available resources to help participants stay quit.

The free program includes half-hour support sessions, held weekly on Tuesdays at the hospitals in Niles and St. Joseph. These meetings address the behavioral aspects of quitting smoking and provide helpful tools to participants, including educational materials and peer support. Information about prescription drugs aimed to help fight the urge to smoke will also be provided. Participants can enter the Smoke-Free Life program at any time.

In 2009 alone, 116 new cases of lung cancer were diagnosed in Berrien County. Lung cancer is one of the five most prevalent cancers in Berrien County, ranking second to breast cancer.

One of the prime causes for developing lung cancer is, of course, smoking. Since you know the risks of smoking, why not get the help you need to stop once and for all.

Click here for a list of dates and times for the sessions

For more information call (269) 927-5403.

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