Are you trying to quit smoking? Lexington Medical Center is pleased to offer a series of FREE smoking cessation classes to members of our community who want to kick the smoking habit for good.

The Freedom from Smoking classes, offered at the hospital’s community medical centers around Lexington County, meet once each week for two hours and last eight weeks. The program boasts a 54 percent quit rate, compared with the national average of 17 to 23 percent. It’s open to anyone who wants to quit smoking, and because of a generous grant from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, there is no cost to participate.

Here are the upcoming class dates:

• January 7 – February 25, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Lexington Medical Center Lexington – 811 West Main Street, Lexington

• March 10 – April 28, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Lexington Medical Center Irmo – 7035 St. Andrews Road, Irmo

• May 5 – June 23, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Lexington Medical Center Lexington – 811 West Main Street, Lexington

• July 7 – August 25, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Lexington Medical Center Main Campus, North Tower. 5th Floor

Classroom B – 2720 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia

• September 8 – October 27, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Lexington Medical Center Lexington – 811 West Main Street,

Lexington

• September 10 – October 29, 2020, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Lexington Medical Center Batesburg-Leesville – 338 East

Columbia Avenue, Batesburg-Leesville

To sign up, call Lexington Medical Center Lexington’s Cardiac Rehabilitation department at (803) 358 – 6180.

Participants must register in advance.

Tobacco cessation facilitators who have training from the American Lung Association lead the classes. The classes

provide helpful tips for quitting.

The program doesn’t end with the completion of the eight-week course. The clinicians leading the classes check on

each participant at 30-, 90-, 180- and 365-day intervals for the first year.

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