Want to quit smoking? Mercy Health can help

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Want to finally kick the habit?

Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital will help you achieve your smoking cessation goal with a free series of education classes this month. You just need to register for the classes as the class size is limited to 10 people.

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It’s also recommended that attendees attend all four of the classes in order to aid in a successful personalized plan to quit smoking, according to the hospital.

The trend among adult smokers in the United States is they want to quit, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly seven out of 10 adult daily smokers in the United States reported in 2015 they wanted to quit completely.

Upcoming classes include:

  • On Tuesday, Aug 15: Class One is called "Decide to Quit" and covers the negative health consequences of smoking and helps motivate attendees to quit the habit.
  • On Wednesday, Aug. 16: Class Two is called "Plan to Quit" and it takes attendees through choosing a quit date, medications that can help smokers quit the habit, the importance of support and building a support group and preparing for the quit date.
  • On Tuesday, Aug. 22: Class Three is called "Your Quit Day" and covers topics such as how to quit successfully, dealing with nicotine withdrawal and cravings and positive thinking.
  • On Wednesday, Aug. 23: Class Four is the called "Staying Quit" and covers mental planning, recovering from slips and lung screenings and provides information about the Ohio Quit Line. The instructor suggests each attendee sign up for the Ohio Quit Line for additional support while quitting.

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Mercy Health’s program follows the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program, with each class building on the previous class to explore physical and psychological aspects of nicotine addiction.

To sign up for the four-class program, call 513-603-8601 to register by Monday, Aug. 14. Classes are from 6 to 7 p.m. in the staff lounge on the main level of the hospital at 3000 Mack Road.

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