Red Deer residents looking to kick the tobacco habit can do so through a free six-week program offered in the city.
The QuitCore program offers the tools and supports needed to build a tobacco-free lifestyle. Alberta Health Services is offering the tobacco-cessation program at the Johnstone Community Health Centre.
Trained cessation professionals will be on hand to teach people who use tobacco how to develop a plan to quite while also providing strategies to deal with recovery symptoms, manage stress, and ultimately prevent relapse.
One of the advantages of the program is that it connects participants with others who are trying to quit at the same time.
Participants in QuitCore are also able to access financial supports for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Combining counselling such as that offered through the program with the use of NRT’s increases individuals’ chances of quitting successfully.
Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and premature death in Alberta. It causes more than 3,000 deaths each year across the province and many more Albertans suffer from tobacco-related illnesses.
Alberta Health Services offers various programs and services to help Albertans quit tobacco, including telephone and online support services, one-on-one counselling and group cessation programs such as QuitCore.
QuitCore, which launched in 2008, is now available in more than 25 communities across the province.
The program will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday’s starting September 12th at the Johnstone Community Health Centre located at 300 Jordan Parkway.
For additional resources and support for people who wish to quit tobacco or remain tobacco free visit www.albertaquits.ca
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