DACC to offer smoking-cessation class

DACC to offer smoking-cessation class

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will offer a class aimed at helping smokers kick the habit.

The American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking program be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 and 31 and Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at the Bremer Center on DACC's campus, 2000 E. Main St.

The class costs $50, and registration is capped at 15 participants.

The program incorporates group sessions, practical counseling from trained facilitators and support from peers to assist people who are ready to quit smoking for good. The sessions will guide participants through the entire quitting process from thinking seriously about quitting to staying smoke-free.

Nicotine replacement therapy will be available to increase participants chances of success.

DACC is offering the program as part of its tobacco-free initiative. The college's tobacco-free policy, which took effect Aug. 1, prohibits the consumption of tobacco or tobacco products on the campus.

Tobacco is defined as "any lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, bidi, clove cigarette and any other smoking product or products that appear to be a cigarette. This also includes smokeless or spit tobacco also known as dip, chew, snuff or snus, in any form."

Officials decided to go tobacco-free out of respect for others and the environment and to be consistent with the college's mission.

According to the World Health Organization, quitting smoking is one of the best things people can do to improve their overall health. Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death.

According to the American Lung Association, tobacco-related diseases kill 438,000 Americans annually and smoking is responsible for approximately one in five deaths in the U.S. Also, between 1997 and 2001, cigarette smoking cost the economy over $167 billion in annual health care costs and lost productivity.

For more information or to enroll in the program, contact Shelby May, RN, at (217) 443-8868 or smay@dacc.edu.

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