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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Smoking is directly responsible for about 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths.

But for many smokers, quitting can be difficult and expensive.

That's why one south Georgia hospital is hosting a free program with one goal in mind.

To help you quit.

According to the American Lung Association, six out of ten smokers require multiple attempts to quit smoking.

"It has to be something that you decide on your own and you're not feeling pressured by your family or the community. You really have to make the commitment yourself and it can be very difficult," said Social Worker Terry Trent.

To help anyone looking to quit, Archbold Memorial Hospital's Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center is hosting a free seven week smoking cessation program.

"A lot of times people won't come to the program because there is the cost of books. I mean a lot times $20 for books can be a lot for some people. So that's why it's great that Archbold is offering this program free to the community," said Trent.

Doctors say it is hard for folks to quit smoking not only because it's addictive, but also because it's habitual.

"It's a habit some people associate with how they wake up in the morning. Just like your cup of coffee. Or something they associate with a social aspect being out with friends, or after a meal, or how they end their day," said Medical Oncologist Dr. Amanda May.

The course will be instructed by two social workers who not only have the training, but also the personal experience.

"A lot of times smokers will say were you a smoker? And we both were a long time ago. Otherwise they will tell us, how can you tell us to quit if you've never experienced it. Not only did we used to be smokers, but I've lost relatives to lung cancer. One to second hand smoke who never smoked," said Trent.

And the instructors say the course may not only save your life, but also those around you.

"It definitely affects others. Second hand smoke actually kills. So we try to have programs that help family members that don't smoke, but are in that environment," said Social Worker Tina Jackson.

The course is offered for free as part of Archbold's Clinical Outreach Program.

The first class will be held on Wednesday, January 30th from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Oncology Center's Community Room.

 

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