Local residents can get help to quit smoking by taking a free course. (Photo: Pixabay, MGNOnline)

CHI Memorial Medical Group has partnered with the American Lung Association to offer a free seven-week course to help people stop smoking.

Freedom From Smoking is an American Lung Association program that has helped more than 1 million Americans beat nicotine addiction over the past 30 years.

The program teaches participants how to overcome tobacco addiction and helps them to make lifestyle changes so quitting is easier. It also covers stress management, how to avoid weight gain and how to stay smoke-free for good, according to a news release.

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Tobacco use is the largest and most preventable cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After two weeks of quitting, former smokers have reduced their risk of having a heart attack and have improved their lung function, according to the CDC.

A new session will begin June 7 at CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates, which is located at 6401 Mountain View Road, Suite 109 in Ooltewah.

The class will meet every Thursday for seven weeks from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The program is designed for a small group setting.

Anyone who has a desire to stop smoking should call 423-495-7778 to register for a class.

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