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Go tobacco-free in 2019 with upcoming workshop in Grass Valley

Submitted by Heather Heckler

For those who want to go tobacco-free in 2019, Connecting Point is offering a “Freedom from Smoking” workshop to help folks quit for good.

The free eight-class series starts January 9 and meets weekly through February 20. Over the course of eight classes, participants will set a quit date, build a quit plan and work through their new smoke-free life with the support of their classmates.

People already know that smoking is bad for their health, so the Freedom from Smoking class focuses almost exclusively on how to quit, not why to quit. It also acknowledges that people have different reasons for smoking and will have different ways of quitting, too. It’s all about putting a plan in place that will work best for each individual, say organizers.

In fact, classes are taught by former smokers who know the challenges of quitting.

“I quit smoking a year and a half ago,” said workshop facilitator Micah Cone. “I wish these classes had been available when I was quitting. The tools and support people get are amazing.”

The class includes strategies for identifying triggers, managing stress and avoiding weight gain. Participants will also learn how tools like quit-smoking medications can increase the chances of quitting.

Designed by the American Lung Association, the workshop has helped hundreds of thousands of Americans end their nicotine addiction over the last 35 years. It is a proven way to quit smoking — and stay quit — even if smokers have tried before.

Classes are provided in partnership with the Nevada County Public Health Department. The workshop is free and open to the public. Those who complete the full series will receive a $30 gift card.

Classes meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. January 9 through February 20 at the Oak Ridge Community Room, 228 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. For more information or to register, call Karen at 530-274-5601 or register online at http://www.connectingpoint.org/events.

Connecting Point is a public agency dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of our community. Learn more about Connecting Point at http://www.connectingpoint.org.

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