Smoking cessation classes being offered again

Smoking cessation classes being offered again

CHAMPAIGN — A high demand for help with quitting smoking has prompted the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District to repeat its Freedom from Smoking classes a second time this year.

The next series of classes will begin March 27, and some spaces are still available, according to program coordinator Nikki Hillier. This is the first time in many years a mid-year session is being offered, she said.

The Freedom from Smoking classes this year come with double the number of nicotine patches than participants previously received, enough for the full eight weeks. In previous years, students had to buy their own patches for four of the eight weeks, Hillier said.

People taking the eight-week program work together to develop their own individual "quit plans" and carry them out, according to the health district.

The classes are open to anyone age 18 and older who lives in Champaign County, and the fee is $20. But $10 is refundable to anyone completing six of the eight sessions. All classes are held each Tuesday at 5 p.m. at public health headquarters at 201 W. Kenyon Road, C .

Preregistration is required by sending calling 531-2914 or contacting Hillier through email at nhillier@c-uphd.org.

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