Take a deep breath- you can quit smoking!

Snow Hill, Md. (December 20, 2013) – With the arrival of the new year, it is a great time to make healthy lifestyle behavior changes. January is a good time for those who are still struggling with a smoking habit to treat themselves and their loved ones to a healthier future. 

Worcester County Health Department is committed to helping smokers establish new behavior patterns that lead to a tobacco-free lifestyle.  Smoking cessation aids (CHANTIX, gum, patch, lozenges) are available through a voucher program. 

Join one of the FREE smoking cessation group classes that are available throughout Worcester County starting in January.  Classes will be held at the following locations:

·         Berlin Health Center, 9730 Healthway Drive, Tuesdays from 5-6 pm beginning on January 7.

·         Snow Hill Health Center, 6040 Public Landing Road, Wednesdays from 5-6 pm beginning on January 8.

A “Motivation to Quit” class will be held on January 7th from 5-6 pm at the Berlin Health Center and on January 8th from 5-6 pm at the Snow Hill Health Center.  Interested parties can register at these sessions, or by calling the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-0056.

Professionally trained instructors help participants create a supportive environment to break the smoking addiction. Each individual will learn how to develop a customized plan for quitting.  The smoking cessation course consists of 7 sessions covering topics such as stress management, weight control, assertive communication, how to develop a quit plan, relapse prevention, and physical activity. 

Instructors will teach a step-by-step method for changing behavior and quitting smoking.  A registered dietitian will teach participants how to reduce weight gain when quitting smoking. The group approach uses positive thinking, alternative behaviors, and group support to help participants stop smoking.

As part of the course, the participants will learn how to identify triggers for relapse and how to develop a plan to prevent it. The course will teach you how to quit smoking and how to stay quit.  You can become a non-smoker! 

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