Mercy Health Offers Free Quit Smoking Classes in Clermont in October

We are well into the political season and maybe you have elected to finally quit smoking. Good for you! If so, Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, can help you stick to your election promise.

Mercy Health invites smokers and their families to register for a free series of quit smoking education classes starting at Clermont Hospital in October. 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 513-732-8540 by Thursday, October 13 to register.

The classes take place in the Boardroom across from the elevators on the third floor of Clermont Hospital, which is located at 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, 45103, on the following dates and times:
• Monday, October 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, October 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
• Monday, October 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, October 25, 5:30-6:30 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.