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Quit Smoking This Year With Help From Free Info Sessions on 12/30

December 19, 2014
Keene, NH

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) is hosting several informational sessions to help tobacco users to quit, just in time for the New Year. Participants may select from one of three sessions being offered on December 30th. Sessions will be held at 7:30 a.m., 12:00 noon and 5:30 p.m. in North Conference Room #1 at 580 Court Street in Keene.

The session will offer tools for becoming and staying tobacco-free. In addition, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is offering free nicotine replacement therapy in the form of the patch to New Hampshire residents who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco in the New Year.

To register for the free informational sessions at CMC/DHK, call 354-6513 or email tobacco-free@cheshire-med.com.

For those whose New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, they are in good company. It is a popular goal and many, many people succeed. Planning ahead to quit tobacco use can help make this healthy resolution. In addition to the Tobacco Treatment Program at CMC/DHK, other helpful resources are www.TryToStopNH.org and 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), where any NH resident can get free advice, counseling, support, and while supplies last, free patches.

“Making a quit plan for the New Year can be a step toward a successful quit,” said  Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “And quitting with both counseling and nicotine replacement therapy will increase the odds of a successful quit. The department currently offers free tobacco treatment counseling and nicotine replacement patches to residents who call 1-800-QUIT-NOW and are eligible.”

To be eligible for the free patches, residents must be at least 18 years old, be ready to quit within 30 days, be willing to participate in free
telephone counseling, and be screened for safe use of the patch. There are more former smokers in the United States—nearly 50 million—than current smokers. Planning ahead  can help make your healthy resolution a reality.

For inspiration, look  to successful quitters. Beatrice, a busy mother of two boys, shared her quit story in CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign, which you can view on the CDC website. You’ll also find stories about successful Cheshire County “quitters” by visiting the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities website at www.cheshiretobaccotreatment.com.

For more information about the DHHS Division of Public Health Services or the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program visit www.dhhs.nh.gov.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Healthy Monadnock 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation’s healthiest community by 2020. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit cheshiremed.org.

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