by Lizzy Duffy
The Central District Health Department is poised to offer its free tobacco-cessation classes, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 4, at its Armstrong Place offices.
“For people attending the classes, there is a built-in support group that they can call that will say, ‘Stop, don’t do it!’” said Dave Fotsch, CDHD public information officer.
Groups will consider consequences of tobacco use, dealing with withdrawal symptoms and stress management through relaxation techniques.
“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States,” said Fotsch. “We should lead by example and make a clear statement to the community that we will not tolerate people who use nicotine.”
Fotsch said CDHD is not the only outlet for smokers trying to quit. The Idaho QuitLine (1-800-784-8669) and Idaho QuitNet connect users with counselors who assist and support smokers in the journey to becoming smoke-free. Both services are confidential.
Through Idaho QuitLine and QuitNet, users who are 18-plus also have the option to request nicotine replacement therapy, which provides nicotine patches, lozenge or gum. Services are provided at no cost for a month.