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.
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.
Note to Media:
To cover any of these sessions, prearrangements must be made by contacting Stephanie Stanley at 412-586-9762 or StanleySL@upmc.edu