Norwalk Hospital is offering a free smoking cessation program beginning April 3 at 6 p.m. in the third-floor respiratory classroom in the Section of Pulmonary Medicine at the hospital. The program consists of six weekly sessions.

The hospital's Section of Pulmonary Medicine offers the smoking cessation program, free of charge, as a community service. The instructor is Beverly Jacoby, RRT. The program employs multiple techniques in assisting smokers interested in quitting. Information on nicotine replacement therapy, controlling weight during the quitting process and the health benefits of quitting are included. Group support and expert counseling are key aspects of our program, Jacoby explained. This program has been offered twice a year by the Section of Pulmonary Medicine since the 1970s.

The smoking cessation program provides a general knowledge related to smoking, a plan of action to stop smoking and social support in the effort of quitting.

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Early registration is requested for the program. To register call 203-852-2484.