Want to quit smoking in 2018? Winona Health wants to help

December 23, 2017 GMT

Make this year the year you become tobacco free.

Winona Health’s smoking cessation program is free, and the next session begins Thursday, Jan. 4. The program will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings in the Parkview Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.

“Quitting smoking can be the number one best thing people can do for their health,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, program facilitator. “We know that quitting isn’t easy, but it can be done and there is no doubt that it’s worth it. We’re here to help.”

Winona Health’s smoking cessation program will:

• Help individuals recognize and understand their reasons for smoking.

• Cover the variety of benefits to quitting.

• Provide ways to handle physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms.

• Share tips and techniques for becoming and remaining smoke free.

• Provide a supportive atmosphere for you to ask questions and get helpful information.

“Just think: quitting will be such a relief,” Sprain said. “Relief from worrying about your health, relief from dependency on cigarettes — and relief from the high cost of smoking. The benefits to quitting begin immediately.”

This four-session program is free. RSVP is appreciated, but walk-ins the first night of the program will be welcome as space permits. Those who have taken the program before but would like to take it again are welcome. For more information or to sign up in advance, call Lynn Sprain at 507-474-3324.