Quitting smoking is not about just breaking a bad habit, it is about changing your life so cigarettes are no longer a part of it. “Stop Smoking ... Start Living,” offered through the mind-body health services department at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, is a six-week support group program to empower individuals to enjoy a smoke-free life.
Week I: Preparing for a smoke-free life. Participants identify reasons for quitting, barriers to becoming smoke-free, a support network and strategies to avoid triggers and deal with cravings.
Week II: Continuing to prepare for a smoke-free life. Review the steps needed to prepare for a quit date, identify any problem areas, choose a quit date and begin working on a 24-hour action plan to get through the quit date.
Week III: Begin a smoke-free life. Finalize the 24-hour action plan to get through the quit date and make a commitment to quit smoking cigarettes and start living smoke-free.
Week IV: Celebrate successes and overcome obstacles. Report successes, identify challenges/ barriers experienced and create a plan for meeting and overcoming the obstacles.
Week V and VI: Living smoke-free. Participants give and receive support as they continue to identify supports for smoke-free living and create strategies to remove barriers.
The next “Stop Smoking…Start Living” session starts Wednesday, March 13 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $60. For more information, email bridget.rolens@hshs.org or call (217) 544-LIVE (5483). To register, go to st-johns.org/stopsmoking.

About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org

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