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Smoking Cessation Classes Give Additional Assistance in 2012

Wednesday - Jan 04, 2012

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Provides Tools to Help Reach Goals in the New Year

CHAMPAIGN, IL - For anyone who is interested in quitting smoking for the New Year, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) can provide additional assistance this year. CUPHD is extending opportunities to make quitting even more successful.

The annual Freedom From Smoking program is scheduled to begin January 17, 2012. The eight-week program helps participants because they work together with other quitters to develop and execute their own individualized "Quit Plan". This year's program allows for double the amount of nicotine patches that participants have previously received. The program used to include a four-week supply of nicotine patches for participants, only half of what most people need to help them successfully quit. After that, participants were expected to purchase the remaining needed patches on their own; but now, the program provides the full eight weeks of patches. "Quitting smoking can be very difficult, and we want to support individuals in making these difficult behavioral changes so they can be successful," said Nikki Hillier, Program Coordinator at CUPHD.

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