QuitCore program helps local residents quit tobacco

Free, six-week AHS workshop to be offered in Lacombe next month

Local residents wishing to kick their tobacco habits can access the tools and support needed to build a tobacco-free lifestyle when QuitCore, can attend a free Alberta Health Services (AHS) tobacco-cessation program.

Led by trained cessation professionals, the QuitCore program teaches people who use tobacco how to develop a plan to quit while providing strategies to address recovery symptoms, manage stress and, ultimately, prevent relapse. The program also connects participants with others trying to quit.

By taking part in QuitCore, participants can also access financial supports for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Combining counselling such as that offered through this program with the use NRTs increases an individual’s chances of quitting successfully when compared to using one quit method alone.

QuitCore will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting September 12 at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre – 5430 47 Avenue. To register, interested participants can call toll-free 1-866-710-QUIT (7848). For additional resources and support for people who wish to quit tobacco or remain tobacco free, please visit www.albertaquits.ca.

Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and premature death in Alberta, causing more than 3,000 deaths each year across the province. Many more Albertans suffer from tobacco-related illnesses.

AHS 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. The program, which launched in 2008, is now available in more than 25 communities across the province.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

-Submitted by Alberta Health Services

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