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Cancer center to offer free smoking cessation program

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, December 18 2014 Dec 18, 2014 December 18, 2014 10:27 AM December 18, 2014 in Health
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues

BATON ROUGE - Looking to kick that smoking habit in 2015? The Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is offering help.

The Cancer Center will offer free group programs or individual counseling sessions in the coming month of January to help residents of Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas quit tobacco. It has been well-documented by health officials that tobacco use can lead to serious health problems, including lung, head and neck, bladder, kidney and cervical cancers. With these risks in mind, the OLOL Cancer Center offers Geaux Free.

Dr. Brad Vincent, chairman of the Cancer Center's Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Care Team says people who take advantage of the nicotine cessation program can see almost immediate health benefits, including the return of a normal heart rate and the reduction of risk of heart attack.

Geaux Free is designed to help individuals prepare for quitting, manage the inevitable withdrawal symptoms, identify triggers that create urges and learn new behavior to help make a lasting change.

Weekly one-hour group sessions are scheduled starting on Jan. 14 and running to Mar. 18. Noon and evening options are offered at various locations throughout the Greater Baton Rouge area. Individual counseling sessions begin on Jan.12 with free one-hour appointments offered on Mondays and Thursdays. For more information on Geaux Fre, visit mbpolol.org/geauxfree or give them a call at (225) 215-1274.


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