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CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs to Offer Free Smoking Cessation Class in January 2024

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, a leading hospital serving the health care needs of Hot Springs and communities throughout Southwest Arkansas, will offer  “Smoke No More in ‘24,” a free, 12-week smoking cessation class beginning Jan. 3, 2024, at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs Cancer Center. The in-person classes will be offered from noon - 1 p.m. each Wednesday, providing an accessible program for individuals to stop smoking. The classes are offered as part of CHI St. Vincent’s broader mission to improve the health and well-being of individuals across Arkansas.

“For those looking to quit smoking, you are not alone; we are here to help,” said CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs President Dr. Doug Ross. “This class will provide smokers with the tools and support needed to succeed in their journey to be smoke-free in 2024. We encourage and urge smokers to participate in this life-saving class and to begin the New Year creating a healthier version of themselves.”

Each class will host a 30-minute speaker presenting their insights and tips to coach attendees through overcoming addiction. Class teachers include individuals from Be Well Arkansas, the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and CHI St. Vincent. Be Well Arkansas will also assist individuals with access to resources to quit smoking, such as nicotine replacement gum or patches.

Along with major improvements in health, smoking cessation offers individuals long-term financial benefits. Quitting smoking can save individuals who smoke one pack per day nearly $3,000 per year, and individuals who smoke two packs per day can save almost $6,000. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 20 percent of Arkansans smoke cigarettes. Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of cancer, coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke. Other health benefits include lower blood pressure, improved circulation and increased lung function.

Individuals can sign up for the free class by calling (501) 622-1906 or registering on our website for upcoming classes and events.