‘Beat the Pack’ Program looks to help people stop smoking

Brooks Memorial Hospital is reaching out with a helping hand to those who want to try to stop smoking. Starting in June, area residents who want to try to go “tobacco free” can participate in the hospital’s Tobacco Cessation Program at no charge.

“Improving the quality of health in people’s lives is part of our mission,” said J. Gary Rhodes, president and CEO of Brooks Hospital. “Helping someone to ‘kick the habit’ can help save their life, and we’re going to show them how to do it.”

The free four-week, one-hour sessions will take place at the hospital on June 2, 10, 16 and 23. It will begin each evening at 7 p.m. in the hospital’s medical library. The evidence-based program, which will include proven techniques and practical applications, will be presented to all participants.

If you or someone you know is interested in signing up for the free classes, contact Theresa Schrantz, LPN and Brooks Employee Health Educator for more information and to register. She can be reached at 363-7293 or, or via email, tschrantz@lakeeriehealth.org. All are welcome.