Alajuela hospital helps smokers kick the habit

The Hospital San Rafael in Alajuela has opened a stop-smoking clinic. The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social said that the coordinator is a physician, Luis García Briceño. The clinic began in October with 25 participants. The hospital expects to accept up to 100 persons with four groups, said the Caja. The next group begins Feb. 2.

The smokers work with specialists and engage in discussions with other smokers, according to the Caja.

The interdisciplinary group of specialists includes cardiologists, nutritionists, psychologists and others with special training. All have been certified by the Instituto sobre Alcoholismo y Farmacodependencia. Those interested in kicking cigarettes can call 2436-1097.

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