Program offered to help smokers quit

The Public Health Department is urging smokers to register for a seven-week smoking cessation program which will begin June 4.

The program, called “I Can Quit,” will cater to a maximum of 15 participants and will offer ongoing support from key healthcare providers.

“Developing the skills necessary to identify smoking triggers and conquer them, coping with withdrawal symptoms, the provision of medications to help quit the addiction, and general support, are some of the key features of this program,” said Therese Prehay, health promotion officer of the Public Health Department.

“Quitting smoking is one of the most powerful changes a person can make for their health, but it’s not easy and many persons are at varying levels of readiness,” said Dr. Kiran Kumar, medical officer of health.

“Even 50 years after the first Surgeon General’s Report linking cigarette smoking to a variety of cancers, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the world, killing nearly six million each year.

“The most recent Surgeon General’s Report, released in January 2014, recommends providing access to cessation treatments, and expanding cessation services for all smokers in primary and specialty care settings. This year, for World No Tobacco Day, this is our renewed commitment,” Dr. Kumar added.

To register, contact Sarah Hetley in the Public Health Department on 244-2889, or email [email protected] The program begins on June 4 and will run on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Public Health Department.

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