Gerber Memorial kicks off new tobacco program July 11
Fremont– Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is kicking off a new program designed to help people kick tobacco once and for all. “Quit for Good” starts Tuesday, July 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at Tamarac, 1401 West Main Street, Fremont, and meets every Tuesday for four weeks through Aug. 1.
People who sign up for the class have the option of continuing for an additional four weeks, through Aug. 29 to get extra support so they can stay off tobacco, nicotine and cigarettes for good.
“Tobacco and nicotine use, whether as cigarettes, chew or vaping, is highly addictive – which is why it is so difficult to quit in any form,” said Sally Wagoner, RN, Tobacco Treatment Specialist. “All of these ways of using tobacco or nicotine are also extremely toxic, causing over 12 different kinds of cancers, deadly lung diseases, heart attacks and strokes – even in young people. There are many reasons why people want to quit, including the high cost of tobacco and nicotine products. It is an expensive way to have poor health.”
Wagoner said “Quit for Good” is designed to break the chain of tobacco and nicotine addiction for lasting positive results.
“The class uses the latest tools to help a person have the greatest success rate for quitting,” Wagoner said. “We determine which is the best nicotine replacement, such as the patch or gum, or if one of the prescription medications used for tobacco cessation will be best, including products such as Chantix or Zyban, or maybe it will be a combination of both. We also help each person plan what to do instead of smoking, and how to be a lifelong quitter. Studies show that people can double or triple their success rates by coming to a class, using one of the medications or nicotine replacement products, and follow a plan that is just right for them.”
For more information or to register, call Wagoner at 231.924.7589.