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Free Classes Designed to Help Smokers Quit

A study published in the Dec. 20 edition of “Addiction” magazine reveals that smokers who work with a counselor specially trained to help them quit -- along with using medications or nicotine patches or gum -- are three times more likely to kick the habit than smokers who try to quit without any help. A program in Pinellas County is offering that personal touch.

Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center, member of the LiveFree! Coalition, is providing FREE tobacco cessation programs in Pinellas County. The IQuit program offers two different quit smoking classes to help kick the habit. Tools to Quit is a one-time two-hour program and Quit Smoking Now is a six week program. Both programs help participants plan their quitting process, establish goals, and learn strategies that will help them succeed.

Those who participate in an IQuit program will receive a FREE and optional supply of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) including patches, gum, or lozenges. The Florida Department of Health is funding the IQuit program, and it is supported by LiveFree!, a substance abuse prevention coalition of Pinellas County that addresses underage drinking, binge drinking, prescription drug misuse and abuse, marijuana use and other drug use among youth, young adults and adults in Pinellas County.

Seating for IQuit is limited, so registration is mandatory. All sessions are open to the public. To see a full list of classes and location, to register or to get more information, please call Nicole Kelly at (813) 929-1000 ext. 204 or email nkelly@gnahec.org, or you may visit http://www.ahectobacco.com/calendar/.