Health officials offer ‘quit smoking’ classes

Public Health’s ‘I Can Quit’ team are offering free smoking cessation sessions

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority is offering smoking cessation classes to the public.

The sessions, each lasting seven weeks, take place twice a year, in February and May, on Wednesdays at 5:15-6:45 p.m., in the Public Health Department of the Cayman Islands Hospital.

The HSA is encouraging members of the public to attend the meetings, including families and individuals who wish to learn how to help and support smokers who want to quit their tobacco dependency.

Basil Hennings from George Town, who had been a smoker for 50 years, is now a strong advocate for the smoking cessation classes and has been encouraging smokers to participate in the sessions provided by the Public Health Department, according to a press release.

“The sessions offer a supportive environment for smokers, and have helped me lead a much healthier lifestyle,” said Mr. Hennings. “I have been smoke-free now for one year, two months and one week, and I am forever grateful to the dedicated group of professionals who oversee the facilitation of this process to smokers.”

Director of Primary Healthcare Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said the smoking cessation classes have been very successful in providing support to individuals and families through counseling, education, and social and behavioral intervention. He added that more than 120 people had benefited from the program already.

The Health Services Authority is also reminding the public that all of its facilities, including the Cayman Islands Hospital and District Health Centers, are designated smoke-free zones.

Those interested in quitting smoking can register for the next session of the “I Can Quit” program, which begins on May 30. The deadline for registration is May 28.

For more information on the program, call Sarah Frederick on 244-2889.