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Program helps smokers resolve to quit

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

SIKESTON -- Quitting smoking always seems to be one of the top New Year's resolutions.

And for those who aim to snuff out the habit in 2011, there are resources to keep individuals on the right track.

"We go into smoking with a plan," said Brenda Freed, health educator at the Scott County Health Department. "It's not like you're going to come into the first class and throw your cigarettes away."

Freed holds smoking and tobacco cessation classes as part of the Freedom from Smoking program through the American Lung Association. She offers the program as a cooperative effort between the Scott County Health Department and Missouri Delta Medical Center.

Having support is important with any goal or program, which is why Freed encourages those who decide to kick the habit not to do so alone.

"With any type of program, whether it's quitting smoking, alcohol or drug abuse or to lose weight, it's always important to have that support," said Freed.

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