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UPMC Passavant Hosts Free Smoking Cessation Program

WHAT:  UPMC Passavant will host “The Courage to Quit,” a free, five-week education and support program designed to help those who want to stop smoking.
Workshops will be held once a week and participants are encouraged to commit to attending all five classes. Each session will include information on:
• Stages and strategies for change.
• Health consequences of using tobacco and benefits of quitting.
• Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies and prescription medicines.
• Lifestyle strategies for overcoming obstacles to quitting and coping with nicotine withdrawal.
• Relapse prevention.
Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit or contact Kathleen Bryte at 412-748-5762 or
WHY: According to the American Heart Association, smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smokers have a higher risk of developing many chronic disorders, including atherosclerosis—the buildup of fatty substances in the arteries—which can lead to coronary heart disease and stroke.
• Winter Session:
3 to 4 p.m., every Monday from February 6 through March 6
• Spring Session:
6 to 7 p.m., every Monday from April 3 through May 1
WHO: Maria Haffely, B.S.N., R.N., Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, UPMC Cancer Center, will be facilitator.
WHERE: UPMC Passavant (McCandless) Cancer Center Conference Room, Ground Floor, 9100 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, 15237
Note to Media: To cover any of these sessions, prearrangements must be made by contacting Stephanie Stanley at 412-586-9762 or

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