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Published on January 19, 2018

Now is the time to kick that smoking habit!

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Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics is excited to announce that they will be offering a Freedom from Smoking program starting on Wednesday, January 24, and running for eight consecutive weeks until Wednesday, March 14. The cost is $25 for materials, with a registration deadline of Monday, January 22.

Freedom from Smoking is a smoking cessation program that will be taught by Dana Krachtt, a GBAHC Respiratory Therapist and certified American Lung Association facilitator. This program is appropriate for all types of tobacco users: cigarettes, chew and e-cigarettes.

"Dana is a new member of our team here at GBAHC," shared Nora Munson, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Gundersen Boscobel. "We are excited that she has the skills and desire to offer this program to our community."

The Freedom from Smoking program is 8 weeks long and will offer a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking and transitioning to a smoke free lifestyle. Each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior, and because no single quite smoking plan is effective for all smokers, the program has a variety of evidence-based techniques for individuals to combine into their own plan to quit smoking. This includes nicotine replacement therapy.

"I am excited about this new opportunity," Krachtt stated. "The new year is a great time to finally work to quit smoking, and I look forward to sharing the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking resources with class participants."

Participants will quit smoking at Week 4, making their official quit day Wednesday, February 21. The last four weeks of the program serve mostly as support, with supplemental education on living tobacco free. The clinic format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually, and as part of a group.

The American Lung Association has been helping people quit smoking for over 35 years through the Freedom from Smoking program. Ranked as one of the most effective programs in the country, Freedom from Smoking has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals quit smoking for good. 

For more information, questions or to register, please contact the GBAHC Respiratory Therapy Department at (608) 375-6316 and provide your name and phone number.  You may also provide this information under a GBAHC Freedom from Smoking Facebook post.

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