OMC offers an effective way for smokers to overcome their tobacco addiction
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) and the American Lung Association will be offering the
Freedom From Smoking program, a 7-week smoking cessation class for adults. Eight meetings will
be held during the session beginning on Monday, July 20 from 10:00 to
12:00 p.m., in the OMC Parkway Center. There is no cost for the program,
but enrollment is required.
As America’s gold standard smoking cessation program for over 25 years,
Freedom From Smoking helps participants create personalized plans to overcome their tobacco
With a recent new edition, the program is based on the latest research
on addiction and behavior change. It approaches the difficulties of quitting
with a sensitive, supportive style.
Studies show that people who use the program are six times more likely
to be smoke-free one year later than those who try to quit on their own.
According to Ruth Nabors, Pulmonary Rehab Coordinator at OMC, the program
is especially helpful because it is taught by a trained facilitator who
helps participants learn what triggers their smoking, when they are most
likely to smoke, and the best way to approach the quitting process.
"Our Community Health Needs Assessment showed the need for OMC to
address causes of cancer and heart disease. Cigarettes and second-hand
smoke are a leading cause of disease," said Tom Keller, OMC President
and CEO. "We want to improve lives by improving health. Helping people
avoid health problems that can be prevented by stopping smoking will achieve
a healthier community."
The public can enroll in this free program by calling Aimee Hilt at 417-257-6762
or Ruth Nabors at 417-257-5959. The classes are limited to the first 15