Mercy Health Offers Free Quit Smoking Classes on the West Side and Fairfield in April

(CINCINNATI; March 14, 2016) – Is April the month you quit smoking?

Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, invites smokers and their families to register for a free series of smoking cessation education classes starting at Mercy Health – West Hospital and Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital in April.

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.

The West Side classes take place at the Mercy Health - West Hospital medical office building, 5th floor, suite 550, which is located on the West Hospital campus at 3300 Mercy Health Blvd., Cincinnati 45211, on the following dates and times (please call 513-215-9180 by Monday, April 4 to register):
Tuesday, April 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 14, 6- 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19, 6-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 21, 6-7 p.m.

The Fairfield classes take place in the WCR Room (look for the directional signs) at the Mercy Health – Fairfield HealthPlex, which is located on the Fairfield Hospital campus at 3050 Mack Road, Fairfield 45014, on the following dates and times (please call 513-603-8601 by Friday, April 15 to register):
• Monday, April 18, 6-7 p.m.
• Tuesday, April 19, 6-7 p.m.
• Monday, April 25, 6-7 p.m.
• Tuesday, April 26, 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.