Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

POUGHKEEPSIE – Quitting smoking can be difficult, but with the right tools you can learn how to eliminate your tobacco dependency.

To help people live a smoke-free life, the Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center will offer a Freedom from Smoking program from 10 to 11 a.m. for three consecutive Thursdays, starting June 1, in the Dyson Center first floor conference room, 45 Reade Place.

The program is for community benefit and has no cost. Registration is required.

“Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease and lung cancer, and we want to offer participants live support from quit-smoking specialists to help them conquer their addiction and live a healthier life,” said Sonya Alyea, the program facilitator and nurse practitioner who specializes in oncology.

The program is for individuals interested in learning more about specific tools and strategies for quitting smoking. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and find support from others who may understand their journey.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Managing stress.
  • Learning how to identify and avoid triggers.
  • Useful medications to use while quitting.
  • Staying active during and after you quit.
  • Nicotine replacement therapy.

The Freedom from Smoking program, ranked as the most effective quit-smoking program in a study by Fordham University Graduate School of Business, was created by the American Lung Association to help individuals overcome tobacco addiction and enjoy the benefits of better health.

Seats are limited. For information and to register, call Alyea at 845-483-6920 or Susan Loughran at 845-483-6470 (TTY 1-800-421-1220).

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