Norwalk Hospital is offering a free smoking cessation program beginning on March 18 at 6 p.m. in the third-floor respiratory classroom in the section of pulmonary medicine at the hospital. The program consists of six sessions, all held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The hospital's section of pulmonary medicine offers the free smoking cessation program as a community service.

Beverly Jacoby, RRT, will lead the program, which employs multiple techniques in assisting smokers interested in quitting.

Information on nicotine replacement therapy, controlling weight during the quitting process and the health benefits of quitting are included.

"Group support and expert counseling are key aspects of our program," Jacoby said.

The smoking cessation program, which has been offered twice a year since the 1970s, provides a general knowledge related to smoking, a plan of action to stop smoking and social support in the effort of quitting. The initial program on March 18 is called "Building Motivation to Quit."

"Motivation: Getting Ready for Quit Night" is the second session on March 23. The third class, "Quit Night -- A New Beginning," will be held on March 25. On April 1st, a class will be held on "Five Days Worth of Quitting"

The next class on April 8th will be on "Two Weeks of Cleaner Air," and the final session, "Back to the Future," is on April 22.

Early registration is requested for the smoking cessation program. To register or for more information about this program, call 203-852-2484.