Free Smoking Cessation Classes Beginning at Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center
On Friday, May 13, the FSU Area Health Education Center (AHEC) initiated a free program on smoking cessation open to all members of our community. The classes will be offered each Friday for a total of six weeks and will take place in the conference room of the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center.
Having heard of similar initiatives at TMH and elsewhere, Travis Greenman, Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Survivor Navigator, was inspired to bring the AHEC Quit Smoking NOW program to the hospital's campus. "I thought it would be great if we taught smoking cessation classes here at the Cancer Center," she said. "Helping people to quit smoking seems like a natural outgrowth of TMH's mission to provide compassionate care and the opportunity for better health to all within our community."
Topics covered in the program will include identifying tobacco as friend or foe, managing addiction, coping with withdrawal symptoms, preventing relapse and improving nutrition and exercise routines. Participants will be provided with free workbooks and information packets, as well as a four-week supply of Nicorette gum, the Nicorette patch or Nicorette lozenges.
This 6-session program was developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become ex-smokers themselves. It is being taught by Chenikka Usher, MSW, an AHEC Tobacco Program Coordinator and Tobacco Treatment Specialist.
Though the first class has already taken place, individuals may register late in order to join the group beginning with the second session on May 20. To register for the program, please call 431-4226 or sign up online through the calendar of classes and events on tmh.org.
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