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Norman Regional Helps Smokers Resolve to Quit

At the top of many lists of New Year's resolutions is to quit smoking. Norman Regional Health System is helping people who want to quit conquer that resolution with a new program – Quit Smart®.

Quitting smoking or tobacco use is one of the best things you can do to improve your health, said Jerry Deming, RN, health promotion specialist. Tobacco is Oklahoma's leading cause of preventable death, killing more Oklahomans each year than alcohol, auto accidents, AIDS, suicides, murders and illegal drugs combined.

In Norman, about 18 percent of the population smoked or used tobacco products in 2008. Norman Regional’s goal is to push that number even lower by offering the community Quit Smart classes.

"I’m very excited Norman Regional is bringing Quit Smart to the community, our employees and our patients," Deming said. "This program has a proven record of success and now is the perfect time to commit to quitting."

Deming said successfully quitting smoking depends more on skill and a firm decision to quit than on willpower. The Quit Smart program addresses both the physical and psychological addiction to smoking. Quit Smart educates participants on how to reduce their nicotine intake, utilizes nicotine-replacement products and teaches relaxation techniques.

The Quit Smart program costs less money, takes less time and has a higher success rate than other programs, Deming said. The program has four classes, and a new session starts each month. The entire program which includes a workbook and a realistic cigarette substitute costs $45. Scholarships are available as well.

The four part Quit Smart series begins Monday, January 5th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Norman Regional Hospital's Education Center.

For a first hand explanation of the Quit Smart program go to www.news9.com then click on the News tab, scroll down and select "First at 4". Type "Quit Smoking" in the search box then select the "Quit Smoking in the New Year" segment.

To sign up for the class call (405) 440-8802. For a full schedule and more information, click here.

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