“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galations 5:1
In partnership with Athens Regional Medical Center, patients at Mercy Health Center who suffer from nicotine addiction where invited to participate in a free smoking cessation course. The course was held at Mercy on Wednesdays mornings throughout the month of January.
Topics covered in the course included understanding why & how to quit, mastering the first few days, mastering obstacles, and staying quit & enjoying it. A specialist from Athens Regional Medical Center came to Mercy for the convenience of our patients, and engaged the class in group conversation while also maintaining a safe environment for patients to share their opinions or thoughts on the class and their smoking cessation journey.
At the end of the four classes, a survey was conducted to see if the class was effective and helpful. The patients were asked questions about their motivation to quit smoking, what factors made them want to smoke and how they planned to manage the temptation to start smoking again in the future.
Results show that the class was in fact a success! At least 75% of the patients who attended the classes were very motivated to quit smoking after completing the course. Nine out of ten patients who completed the course were confident that they could quit for good. An even higher percentage of patients (100%) felt comfortable in the class to share their stories and opinions with other patients and the instructor.
The next smoking cessation course will be held at Mercy on Wednesday mornings from April 1 – April 22. Any patient at Mercy who smokes and wants to quit is encouraged to come to these classes.