Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will host the American Lung Association’s (ALA) “Freedom from Smoking” program beginning on Jan. 13. ALA-certified instructors will present this eight-session program on Monday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m.

This program is designed for adult smokers and features step-by-step plans to help smokers gain control over their behavior.

Cigarette smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals and can lead to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is a behavior that negatively affects nearly every organ in the human body. It is also a cause of heart disease and stroke.

The program costs $80 and includes a workbook and quit smoking guided meditation CD. To register, please call (716) 592-9643. The deadline for registration is Jan. 8.

In addition to the January date, the program will also be offered in May and October of 2020.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s ongoing community and patient education services include smoking cessation programs and diabetic courses and support groups.