QuitCore program helps local residents quit tobacco

Free, six-week AHS workshop to be offered in Lacombe this 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 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays starting Jan. 15th at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre (Education Room), 5430 47th Ave.

To register, interested participants can call toll-free 1-866-710-QUITCall: 1-866-710-QUIT (7848).

For additional resources and support for people who wish to quit tobacco or remain tobacco free, 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, according to a release.

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