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Southeastern Idaho Public Health offers free tobacco cessation program

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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Southeastern Idaho Public Health is pleased to offer community members an opportunity to join the Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation Program. Fresh Start is a program that takes you through the quitting process one step at a time in a supportive environment. It offers a method for quitting based on the premise that smoking is a learned activity. A certified facilitator helps you understand when and why you smoke so you can learn to fight your addiction and quit for good.

Interested smokers and chewers are encouraged to attend the October-November 2015 Fresh Start Program. It will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and will be taught for four sessions through Tuesday, Nov. 3. The program will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Southeastern Idaho Public Health located at 590 l/2 Gifford Street in American Falls.

During the first session, the facilitator will explain the program, how it works, and what you can expect from the program. In the following weeks, you develop a deeper understanding of what triggers your need to smoke and ways to cope without lighting up. Each session builds your confidence and motivation until your quit date. Program sessions address a number of key issues such as managing stress, nicotine withdrawal, medications, weight control, and long-term strategies for staying free from tobacco. Your class will serve as a support group where you can share your struggles and successes with others who understand what you are going through.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited for this free program. For more information or to register for this program, please contact Southeastern Idaho Public Health at 208-226-5096 or visit

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Original Publication Date: September 23, 2015

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