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Peterson Health Offers Free Smoking Cessation Course – Start the Year Off Smoke-Free

KERRVILLE, TX –  Peterson Health will be offering of the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smocking program, a 7 week, 8 course smoking cessation class for adults. Meetings will be held on Tuesdays for 7 consecutive weeks from 6-8 PM starting in April 27th in the ED Conference Room at Peterson Regional Medical Center (dates determined in Feb).

Considered American’s gold standard smoking cessation program for over 25 years, Freedom from Smoking helps participants create personalized plans to overcome their tobacco addition. With a recent new edition, the program is based on the latest research on addiction and behavior change. It approaches the difficulties of quitting a sensitive, supportive style. Studies have shown that people who have enrolled in this program are more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who try to quit on their own.

The course will be taught by Audrey Ben-David, a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist. Audrey is the Clinical Supervisor of the Cardiopulmonary Department at Peterson Regional Medical Center. As a former smoker, Audrey knows first-hand the challenge smokers face in trying to quit. Shares Audrey, “I was a former smoker for 25 years. I quit shortly after my daddy died of lung cancer in 1998. I sympathize and empathize with anyone trying to quit smoking. In fact, it took me several times to quit for good. It takes most people 2-3 times to quit. I have been in their shoes and I know that smoking cessation is an attainable goal. As the facilitator of this new program at Peterson, I will be proactive, help participants stay motivated, confident, and prepared to quit!”

Are you ready to quit smoking? Classes are free and registration is now underway, but class size is limited to 12. To register, call (830) 258-7411.

For specific details on the class or for questions, contact Audrey Ben-David, RRT, CPFT,  in the Cardiopulmonary Department at (830) 258-7582 or email

For more information of to register please call (830) 258-7411 or reserve your spot via email at

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