Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year. If you made a New Year's resolution to quit smoking, this may just be the help you need to make that goal a reality. Along with weight loss, stopping smoking is one of the most common resolutions. Stopping the habit is also one of the hardest resolutions to keep. If you find yourself in such a situation, there are some free Stop Smoking seminars coming up.

According to the founder of the Smoking Treatment Center, Dr. Steve Springer:

Almost 25 percent of our population here smokes and it's a monumental task to tackle, but we are passionate about it and we want to help as much as we can

It seems that, as a result of a class action lawsuit back in 2011, tobacco companies were required to fund a statewide 10-tear smoking cessation program. That requirement will allow about 2000,00 to receive free smoking cessation classes.

According to the rules of the program, if you're a smoker and you smoked before 1988, even if it was just one cigarette, and live in Louisiana, you can be treated for free. Dr. Springer points out that, "When people try to quit on their own, unfortunately, it's about 97 percent failure rate which is pretty bad odds."

The nurse practitioner at the Smoking Treatment Center, Darci Portie, adds that, On medication, you have a 35 to 50 percent chance depending on what study you look at." Portie also says that "Everybody knows that smoking is one of the hardest addictions to quit so if you have help with counseling and medications than it drastically increases your chances of quitting."

While the requirements must be met to qualify for the free program, even those who do not qualify for the program Smoking Treatment Center can consult them and they will work with you and your insurance company as well as your employer to find out if they offer a workplace wellness plan to make the treatment affordable.

If you're s smoker here's a great thing you can do for your family and yourself. For more information, give the center a call at (337) 312-8690 and click here to learn more about the Smoking Cessation Trust.