Free Smoking Cessation Program

(Garden City, KAS.) Ready to kick the tobacco habit? A free Smoking Cessation program hosted at Heartland Cancer Center, 410 E. Spruce Street, may be just what you need. It begins Wednesday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Anyone who would like to give up smoking or using smokeless tobacco is encouraged to attend.

The six-part program is designed to help those who would like to stop using tobacco and will be presented by licensed, clinical psychologist, Susan Krigel, Ph.D., via interactive televideo. It is one of several health and wellness programs sponsored by St. Catherine Hospital through its membership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), the outreach arm of The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Krigel is a member of the MCA staff.

"This program respects the smoker's choices and provides proven tools and resources that have helped many tobacco users quit long-term," explains Krigel. Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center materials that cover topics such as addiction, medication options and relapse-prevention will be used over the six sessions.

St. Catherine Hospital has hosted the Smoking Cessation sessions for several years. "The program has helped tobacco users in southwest Kansas kick the habit," explains Agatha Oursler, RN, medical oncology manager at Heartland Cancer Center. She adds, "Someone who starts the program in June may be a former smoker by the end of the summer!"

To participate in the Smoking Cessation program from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on six Wednesdays between June 22 and July 27, please call 620-272-2579 ext. 320.




About St. Catherine Hospital
St. Catherine Hospital was founded by two pioneering physicians and the Dominican Sisters in 1931 and is a Joint Commission-accredited, award winning regional health care center that provides a full-range of medical specialties in southwest Kansas. Exceptional care, extraordinary people - it's what makes the St. Catherine Hospital difference. For more information, please visit St. Catherine Hospital.

About the Midwest Cancer Alliance
The Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), the outreach arm of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, is a membership-based organization that brings together cancer research, care and support professionals to advance the quality and reach of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship in the Heartland.

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