Mercy Health - Cincinnati Offers Free Smoking Cessation Education Classes for Smokers and Their Families in Fairfield in November

(CINCINNATI; October 29, 2015) – Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, reminds you that The Great American Smokeout takes place on November 19. The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. If you smoke, give yourself the gift of health this holiday season and kick the habit. Mercy Health - Cincinnati can help with a free series of smoking cessation classes starting at Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital campus in November.

The class size is limited to 15 for comfortable group interaction and discussion. Groups discuss any changes they have made that helped them stay quit as well as quitting issues they need help overcoming. Class leaders recommend that attendees go to all classes because they build on each other to help the participant develop a personalized quit plan. Please call 513-603-8601 or email clpeters@mercy.com to register. The deadline to register is Friday, November 6.

The classes take place in the WCR Room at the Mercy Health - Fairfield HealthPlex, which is located at 3050 Mack Road, Fairfield, 45014, on the following dates and times:
• Monday, November 9, 6-7 p.m.
• Tuesday, November 10, 6-7 p.m.
• Monday, November 23, 6-7 p.m.
• Tuesday, November 24, 6-7 p.m.

Mercy Health’s program follows the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program, with each class building on the previous class to explore physical and psychological aspects of nicotine addiction.

Class One is called “Decide to Quit.” It covers the negative health consequences of smoking and helps motivate attendees to quit the habit.

Class Two is the “Plan to Quit” class and it takes attendees through choosing a quit date, medications that can help smokers quit the habit, the importance of support and building a support group and preparing for the quit date.

Class Three is called “Your Quit Day.” This class covers topics such as how to quit successfully, dealing with nicotine withdrawal and cravings and positive thinking.

Class Four is the “Staying Quit” class. It covers mental planning, recovering from slips and lung screenings and provides information about the Ohio Quit Line. Instructor Nancy Pace, an oncology nurse who trained specially to teach these classes, suggests each attendee sign up for the Ohio Quit Line for additional support while quitting.