The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health Offers Free Smoking Cessation Education Classes for Smokers and Their Families in Kenwood in September

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 The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health in September.

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 513-686-4991 to register.

The classes take place on The Jewish Hospital campus in room 302 of the former bank building, which is located at 8001 Kenwood Road, on the following dates and times:
  • Tuesday, September 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 15, 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.

The instructor suggests each attendee sign up for the Ohio Quit Line for additional support while quitting.