DOVER -- The benefits of quitting smoking have been widely reported on a routine basis -- and many smokers in the Tuscarawas Valley 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 presently smoking as a regular habit.

The Employee Wellness staff at Union Hospital will assist any smoker who wants to quit by offering a series of free information sessions during the months of February and March. The hospital will host a six-week series of one-hour "Smoking Cessation" classes on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 15, 22 and 29, and on March 7, 14 and 21. 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 quickly and easily on the "Health Events" section of the hospital website at, or by calling 330-602-0778.

The hospital's Smoking Cessation program is designed to help smokers explore a number of issues related to the smoking habit, 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 details, contact Marshall directly at 330-343-3311, ext. 2197, or by e-mail at

The classes also 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, and on the hospital's pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).