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DuBois Regional Medical Center offers American Lung Association "Freedom from Smoking" classes on a regular basis to teach people how to stop smoking.

Benefits of quitting smoking are numerous and include improved health and healing, cost savings and, for some, improved mental health. Specifics regarding these and other benefits will be detailed during the course.

For many people, particularly those that have smoked for many years, considering quitting smoking is like considering giving up a best friendóvery frightening. Many smokers will identify smoking as their number one way of managing stress. In this course, you will learn other, more healthy ways of managing stress and meet people who can support you in your endeavor.

Trained facilitators help participants stop tobacco use through eight classes over seven weeks. Participants may attend the first class with no obligation to see if they want to continue.

Many medications can now help with smoking cessation. These medications are a component of the program. Financial aid for the medications is available for those who qualify.

All classes start at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Resource Center at DRMC's west campus (the former Central Christian High School building). Upon request, classes can be taught to groups at other locations, such as churches and fire halls, or in the workplace.

For more information or to register, call DRMC at (814) 375-3575 or (814) 372-2966. The cost of the course is $25 to cover educational materials that the participants keep.

Anyone unable to attend can call the PA Free Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669, or visit online at www.quitnet.com.

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