Start the New Year with a Free Stop Smoking Program
Turlock, CA— Smoking is bad for you. Quitting is good.
To help you quit, Emanuel Cancer Center is offering a free six-week smoking cessation program to kick off the New Year. Beginning on January 7, the six-week class meets every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
“Studies have shown that even hard-core smokers who quit before the age of 50 cut their risk of dying from smoking-related diseases within the next 15 years in half,” explained Dr. Alyssa Epstein, the clinical psychologist who will lead the classes. “Smokers who quit before the age of 40 reduce their risk by about 90 percent, and those who quit before age 30 do best of all.”
The course will begin by helping smokers prepare to quit, and end with three sessions focused on moving beyond cigarettes and preventing relapses. The course schedule is:
• Week 1: The Attempts and Triggers of Quitting
• Week 2: Preparing To Quit
• Week 3: Managing Cravings and Recovery
• Week 4: Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
• Week 5: Coping In High-Risk Situations
• Week 6: Living Your New Smoke-Free Life
Classes will meet in the Emanuel Cancer Center at 880 E. Tuolumne Road in Turlock. The program is free, but advance registration is required. Register online at emanuelmedicalcenter.org/cancer or phone (209) 664-2434.
Opened in 2007, the Emanuel Cancer Center brings world-class cancer care to Turlock. The Center is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer in recognition of its quality of treatment and care – a commendation only awarded to about 20 percent of cancer programs in the country. The Emanuel Cancer Center includes advanced diagnostic services at the Ruby E. Bergman Women’s Diagnostic Center, medical oncology, radiation oncology at Stanford Emanuel Radiation Oncology Center, surgical and other services for cancer patients and their families. Patients at Emanuel Cancer Center can also participate in clinical trials of new treatments.
For information about Emanuel Cancer Center, visit www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org/cancer.