Mercy Health Hospitals Offer Free Smoking Cessation Education Classes for Smokers and Their Families in Kenwood and Anderson Township in December

(CINCINNATI; November 20, 2015) – Mercy Health, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, invites smokers and their families to register for a free series of smoking cessation education classes starting at both The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health in Kenwood or Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital in Anderson Township in December.

With a new year just around the corner, there’s no better time to make the decision to quit and enroll in one of Mercy Health’s support classes to help your decision stick.

The class size is limited to 15 for comfortable group interaction and discussion. Groups discuss any changes they have made that helped them stay quit as well as quitting issues they need help overcoming. Attendees must come to all four sessions to complete the class.

Please call 513-686-4991 by Monday, December 7, 2015, to register for the classes at The Jewish Hospital. The classes take place at The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health, located at 4777 E. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236, on the following dates and times:
• Tuesday, December 8, 6-7:30 p.m., conference room A, second floor
• Thursday, December 10, 6-7 p.m., conference room D, fourth floor
• Tuesday, December 15, 6-7 p.m., conference room A, second floor
• Thursday, December 18, 6-7 p.m., conference room D, fourth floor

Please call 513-624-1090 by Thursday, December 10, 2015, to register for the classes at Anderson Hospital. The classes take place in Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital’s Medical Office Building 2, Ground Floor, Classroom D, 7500 State Road, ZIP 45255, on the following dates and times:
• Monday, December 14, 6-7 p.m.
• Wednesday, December 16, 6-7 p.m.
• Monday, December 21, 6-7 p.m.
• Wednesday, December 23, 6-7 p.m.

Mercy Health’s program follows the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program, with each class building on the previous class to explore physical and psychological aspects of nicotine addiction.

Class One is called “Decide to Quit.” It covers the negative health consequences of smoking and helps motivate attendees to quit the habit.

Class Two is the “Plan to Quit” class and it takes attendees through choosing a quit date, medications that can help smokers quit the habit, the importance of support and building a support group and preparing for the quit date.

Class Three is called “Your Quit Day.” This class covers topics such as how to quit successfully, dealing with nicotine withdrawal and cravings and positive thinking.

Class Four is the “Staying Quit” class. It covers mental planning, recovering from slips and lung screenings and provides information about the Ohio Quit Line. Instructor Nancy Pace, an oncology nurse who trained specially to teach these classes, suggests each attendee sign up for the Ohio Quit Line for additional support while quitting.