Smoking cessation program begins Aug. 20 at Backus

Norwich - The William W. Backus Hospital will offer the American Lung Association’s “Freedom From Smoking,” program starting Aug. 20.

The program focuses on group support and behavior modification. Certified instructors will lead sessions at the Backus Outpatient Care Center, 111 Salem Turnpike, on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. through Oct. 8. Week four is “Quit Week” and will include an additional support class on Sept. 12.

The cost of the program is $50, however, participants who complete all eight sessions will receive a $50 refund. To register, call (860) 889-8331, extension 6381.

In a previous class, 21 participants completed all eight sessions and received their refund. Twelve reported that they quit smoking completely, and all but two said they cut down significantly.

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