DOVER -- The benefits of quitting smoking have been widely reported -- and many smokers have acted on that information and stopped lighting up.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, today there are more former smokers than people who are smoking.

The Employee Wellness staff at Union Hospital will help all smokers who want to kick the habit by offering a free, six-week series of classes during September and October.

The hospital will host the one-hour Smoking Cessation classes on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 14, 21 and 28 and Oct. 5, 12 and 19.

The classes will be held in the hospital's Rosenberry Front Conference Room located on the ground floor next to the cafeteria.

Registration is requested and can be completed easily on the "Health Events" section of the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, or by calling 330-602-0778.

The hospital's Smoking Cessation program is designed to help smokers explore a number of issues related to smoking, including:

Learning about the benefits of quitting

Learning about addiction

How to "re-learn" a habit

Providing tips for relapse prevention

Overall supportive self-care methods

Discussing medication options

The classes will be taught by Mary Marshall, RN, a tobacco treatment specialist for the hospital and a certified health and wellness coach.

For additional details, contact Marshall at 330-343-3311 Ext. 2197, or by e-mail at marym@unionhospital.org.

The classes also will serve as support group meetings for people working through the experience of quitting smoking together.

Information about Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital's pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).